The Copenhagen shooter has been identified as 22 year old Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein.
— Tinne Hjersing (@Tinnehjersing) February 15, 2015
Last night, he was shot and killed by Danish police.
Copenhagen Shootings: Danish Police Kill Suspect in Deadly ‘Terrorist Attack’
Danish police said they killed a man early Sunday who they think was responsible for killing two people and injuring five in shootings at a freedom of speech event and a synagogue in Copenhagen.
The attacks came one month after a deadly terror spree in Paris which left 20 people dead — including three gunmen.
Jens Madsen, head of the Danish intelligence agency PET, said investigators believe the gunman was inspired by Islamic radicalism.
“PET is working on a theory that the perpetrator could have been inspired by the events in Paris,” Madsen said, according to the AP. “He could also have been inspired by material sent out by (ISIS) and others.”
Police said the suspect opened fire on officers as they were monitoring an address in Norrebro while investigating the two shootings. Authorities did not identify the suspect, who was killed when police returned fire.
The firefight capped an extensive manhunt underway following the first reports of gunshots near an event hosting controversial Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks. One person was killed and three police officers were wounded in the attack near the “Arts, Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression” event at 4 p.m. Saturday (10 a.m. E.T.) at Krudttonden cafe in the Osterbro district.
Here’s more from CNN:
A wary, sucker-punched Denmark kept a high alert Sunday after a gunman attacked a free speech forum featuring a controversial cartoonist, then fired shots near a synagogue before police tracked him down and killed him when he opened fire again.
Two civilians died in the attacks Saturday and early Sunday. Five police officers were wounded, according to Danish authorities.
While the immediate threat seemed to have passed, and investigators stressed there was no evidence yet that the slain suspect had worked with anyone else, police maintained a heavy presence on Copenhagen’s normally placid streets. It will stay that way for a while, Danish authorities said, to help residents and visitors feel secure.
As of Sunday night, police still hadn’t released the name of the gunman, who they said was wearing clothes similar to the synagogue shooter and had two guns when officers shot him to death early Sunday.
Police did say in a statement that the suspected shooter was a 22-year-old man born in Denmark. He was “well known by the police for several criminal incidents,” according to police.
You might have noticed that the cartoonist is described as controversial. About that…
Ever notice that cartoonists are described as "controversial" but the people who shoot them aren't?
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) February 14, 2015
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