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A French official said the Notre Dame Cathedral attacker cried 'It's for Syria'

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A French official said the Notre Dame Cathedral attacker cried 'It's for Syria'

WATCH | A man attacked a police officer with a hammer at Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral.

UPDATE 12:43 p.m. EST:  The attacker said he was an ISIS "soldier of the caliphate."

UPDATE 12:33 p.m. EST:  A French official said the attacker cried "It's for Syria!"

UPDATE 11:33 a.m. EST:  Police confirmed that a hammer was used in the attack.

UPDATE 11:26 a.m. EST:  Police say the situation is under control.

UPDATE 11:12 a.m. EST:  France's counter-terror office is investigating the incident.

UPDATE 10:56 a.m. EST:  The officer and the attacker were both injured.

UPDATE 10:53 a.m. EST:

Early reports suggest a man attacked a police officer with a hammer and was then shot, the BBC reported.

Authorities have warned people to stay away from the cathedral, which is located in a popular tourist area.

ORIGINAL STORY:  Police are responding to the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris after reports of gunshots and panic, the BBC reported.

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