Strasbourg gunman ID'd as religious extremist, suspects arrested

Gunman who killed 2, wounded 14 in Strasbourgh named as Cherif Chekatt. Police attempted to arrest gunman, raiding his home before attack.

David Rosenberg,

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Authorities in France have identified the gunman they say was responsible for a mass-shooting attack at a Christmas market in the eastern city of Strasbourg Tuesday, adding that police had raided the suspect’s residence just before the attack.

Police say the gunman responsible for the shooting is 29-year-old Cherif Chekatt, a religious extremist who was known to authorities prior to Tuesday’s deadly attack.

Chekatt, French intelligence services said, had been exposed to radical Islam while in prison, and had been monitored by law enforcement officials after his release in 2015, Fox News reported.

Two people were killed and 14 wounded in the attack Tuesday evening, authorities said, lowering the death count from 3, while increasing the number of wounded from 11.

Chekatt opened fire on shoppers at the Strasbourg Christmas market, before he was shot and wounded by French security forces.

The gunman then fled the scene, and may have crossed the border into neighboring Germany.

French Interior Ministry officials told France-Inter that police had raided Chekatt’s home hours before the shooting attack in an attempt to apprehend the suspect, but were unable to locate him.

Laurent Nunez, an Interior Ministry official, said Chekatt had been wanted in connection with a separate case of attempted murder.

While the search for Chekatt continues, police say they have apprehended five other suspects, though it is unclear what role, if any, they played in the shooting.




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