At least one dead in shooting at free speech conference.
UPDATE: There has been a shooting at a Synagogue in Copenhagen:
— Ryan (@Reporter_Ryan) February 15, 2015
BREAKING: Police say one of three shooting victims outside Copenhagen synagogue has died.
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 15, 2015
The person killed at the Synagogue was a Jewish security guard:
Denmark’s chief rabbi said the Jewish victim of an attack near Copenhagen’s main synagogue on Sunday was an “irreplaceable” security guard protecting the city’s Jewish community.
Rabbi Jair Melchior said Dan Uzan, 37, was guarding a celebration at a Jewish community building near the synagogue when he was shot dead.
“He was a person who was always willing to help. An amazing, amazing guy,” said Melchior, speaking from Israel’s international airport before boarding a return flight to Copenhagen.
There are an estimated 6,000 to 7,000 Jews in Denmark, including about 2,000 active members of the Jewish community, which operates its own security patrol that coordinates with police to protect Jewish institutions.
The community had previously asked police for enhanced security, and following last month’s attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris, Denmark police began reevaluating security arrangements, Melchior said.
The Shooter in both incidents was killed by police overnight:
— Algarve24 (@algarve24) February 15, 2015
Live Twitter Feed at bottom of post
PRIOR COVERAGE REGARDING CAFE SHOOTING:
Shots were fired Saturday at a cafe in Copenhagen as it hosted a freedom of speech event organized by Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who has faced numerous threats for caricaturing the Prophet Muhammad. Danish police say one man was killed.
In a statement, Danish police say they are looking for the perpetrators who drove away in a dark Volkswagen Polo after the shooting shortly before 4 p.m. (1500 GMT, 10 a.m. EST) at the Krudttoenden cafe.
The police said the victim was a 40-year-old man.
Updates below. Live Twitter feed at bottom of post.
Gunmen stormed a Copenhagen building Saturday where controversial cartoonist Lars Vilks and his supporters had gathered, killing one man and wounding three police officers before driving away from the scene, police and witnesses said.
Helle Merete Brix — the founder of the Lars Vilks Committee, created two years ago in support of the Swedish cartoonist whose portrayals of the Prophet Mohammed angered many in the Muslim world — told CNN that security on site moved her and others to safe areas once they realized a shooting had taken place.
She and Vilks ended up in a storage room together, holding hands, until police told them it was OK to come out.
“We have never taken any chances,” Brix said, pointing to the heavy security from police, Danish intelligence services and Vilks’ own security guards at this and other committee events. “What we have so much been frightened would happen happened tonight.”
The attackers fled the scene in a dark Volkswagen Polo, according to Copenhagen police.
The French Ambassador apparently was in the event when the shooting took place:
Still alive in the room
— Frankrigs ambassadør (@francedk) February 14, 2015
— PHiltonBrasil (@PHiltonBrasil) February 14, 2015
— David Jack (@DJack_Journo) February 14, 2015
— Nora Abdulkarim (@Ana3rabeya) February 14, 2015
— CNN Video (@CNNVideo) February 14, 2015
The latest reports (6 p.m. Eastern) indicate a single gunman, pictured here:
— Københavns Politi (@KobenhavnPoliti) February 14, 2015
— Fox News Video (@foxnewsvideo) February 14, 2015
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