The woman taken hostage is the cleaner of the Léonie de Waha School. The gunman has since been shot dead by police. The shooting happened at around 10:30am in front of a bar opposite the Léonie de Waha School.
The pupils from the secondary school were taken to a nearby park. Those from the primary school were taken to a building belong to the Province in the rue Beeckman.
The gunman was on home leave from prison.
The Mayor of Liège Willy Demeyer (Francophone socialist) went straight to the scene. The Boulevard d'Avroy where the incident happened remains closed to traffic. There is a big police presence at the scene. The Interior Minister Jan Jambon (Flemish nationalist) has said that the Federal Crisis Centre is closely monitoring the situation.
The Crisis Centre has asked people to stay away from the scene of the shooting and not to hinder the emergency services.
The Justice Minister Koen Geens (Flemish Christian democrat) has expressed his sympathy to the families of the victims.
The Prime Minister Charles Michel (Francophone liberal) and King Filip will visit Liège later today.
The shooting has been widely reported by numerous foreign media, featuring prominently on the home pages of (amongst others) the websites of the Dutch public broadcaster NOS, the French newspaper ‘Le Figaro’ and the British public broadcaster BBC.