01/16/2015 07:48 EST | Updated 03/18/2015 05:59 EDT

Hostage-taking underway in Paris-area post office, not terror related

A gunman has taken hostages in a post office in the Paris suburb of Colombes, and French media say the incident isn't related to terrorism.

French RTL radio reports the suspect is known to police as a petty criminal. 

BFM TV reported the hostage-taking isn't related to terrorism, which was behind last week's separate hostage-takings in the Paris area. BFM said the hostage-taker, reported to be armed with a military-style weapon, has already contacted police himself.

Le Monde and BFM both said two people were being held hostage.

Police cordoned off an area around the post office, with a civil defence helicopter hovering.