Four people are dead and at least 10 were injured in a shooting in Strasbourg, France near a popular Christmas market on December 11. The shooter has been identified. Here’s the latest update as the investigation continues.
UPDATE: (December 13, 2018) — The individual suspected of gunning down four people and injured multiple others at a Christmas market in France has been killed by police Thursday, December 13, as reported by the New York Post. Cherif Chekatt, 29, was “neutralized” by police in Strasbourg’s Neudorf district, near where more than 700 officers had been hunting for him earlier in the day, Le Parisien local media) reported. Chekatt, who has an apparent lengthy criminal record, was reportedly armed with a knife and firearm when he launched his attack. Chekatt had allegedly been flagged for Islamic extremism and was radicalized in jail. He was allegedly heard yelling “God is great!” in Arabic before opening fire.
At least four people are dead and 10 others injured after a shooting in the center of the northeastern French city of Strasbourg on Tuesday evening (December 11), French network BFMTV reported. Officials also confirmed that there was only one shooter, who remains at large and was on a watch list of possible extremists. Police say they have identified the shooter, who opened fire in the center of the city at 8 PM local time in Place Kleber square during a busy Christmas market. Officials said he was due to be arrested earlier in the day on attempted murder charges before the deadly shooting took place. They also noted he is 29 and native of Strasbourg according to BFM.
“Incident taking place. Please stay calm and await official communications,” officials tweeted. The shooting took place near Strasbourg’s Christmas market, which attracts millions of tourists each year. Strasbourg Mayor Roland Ries tweeted that the incident was a “serious event” and that his thoughts go out to the victims.
Peter Fritz, an eyewitness, heard the gunfire and found an individual who had been shot, lying on a bridge, he told BBC. Fritz claimed he tried to resuscitate the victim, but the person died.
France has been on high alert in recent years as this isn’t the first attack launched on its beautiful cities. Nearly two years ago, a Tunisian Islamist drove a hijacked truck into a Christmas market in central Berlin, killing 11 people, including the driver.
In 2016, a truck plowed into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice. The attack killed more than 80. The year before that, planned attacks on the Bataclan concert hall and other popular attractions in Paris took the lives of an estimated 130.
Our thoughts are with the victims and their families during this time. — This story is still developing… continue to check back here with updates as police are still investigating…