Suspected Gunman Named in French Christmas Market Shooting

Christkindelsmärik is a Christmas market held annually in Strasbourg, France, near Strasbourg Cathedral. Credit: Claude TRUONG-NGOC

(From AP News)

Hundreds of police and soldiers hunted Wednesday for a suspected extremist who sprayed gunfire near one of Europe’s most famous Christmas markets [on Tuesday], killing three and wounding at least 13 in the eastern city of Strasbourg and putting the whole country on edge anew.

Police union officials identified the suspected assailant as Cherif Chekatt, a 29-year-old with a thick police record for crimes including armed robbery.

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