Danish Police have shot and killed a 22 year old man early today. This follows shooting at a free speech event and a synagogue in Copenhagen. Officials opine that the shooting could have been inspired by last month’s terror attacks in Paris. The Danish Police has said that the suspected gunman involved in the two shooting in Copenhagen which left two dead and wounded five police officers had a criminal record and was involved in gang activities.
Danish investigator Joergen Skov told The Associated Press that the suspected gunman was involved in a shootout with the police and was subsequently shot dead in the Noerrebro district of Copenhagen. According to the details provided by the police, the suspect was returning to an address that was under police surveillance at 5 AM. When the officers tried to make contact with the suspect, he started shooting. The police officers returned the fire killing him on the spot. Police have recovered an automatic weapon from his body and it could have been the one which has been used in the attack at the free speech event.
It is not clear if the suspect was acting alone or there are accomplices. In a news conference Police officials said that they knew who the suspect was but has not released his identity only saying that he is from Copenhagen.
Police have also released a photo of a man who they believe could have been the gunman who had opened fire in the Danish city which left one man dead and injured three police officers.
The first instance of shooting happened at 4PM outside an event which was titled “Art, Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression,” organized by Swedish artist Lars Vilks. Lars has earlier been subjected to threats by extremist elements for caricaturing the Prophet Muhammad.
“I’m not sure how many shots but I’d say about 20 or 30 shots. People panicked of course and ran to the doors. Other people were hiding behind tables they had turned over.”
The 55 year old victim was later identified as a producer and director of Documentaries for Danish television identified as filmmaker Finn Noergaard.
Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said, according to the AP, “Denmark has been hit by terror. We do not know the motive for the alleged perpetrator’s actions, but we know that there are forces that want to hurt Denmark. They want to rebuke our freedom of speech.”