Copenhagen gunman ‘played drunk’

2015-02-16 10:55
An undated picture released by Copenghagen police shows the man suspected of killing two people in shootings in Copenhagen. (Danish Police, AFP)

An undated picture released by Copenghagen police shows the man suspected of killing two people in shootings in Copenhagen. (Danish Police, AFP)

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Copenhagen - The gunman suspected of killing a Jewish man at a synagogue in Copenhagen pretended to be drunk when he approached the building, a newspaper report said on Monday.

The Politiken newspaper said the shooter had stumbled around on the narrow street that runs in front of the synagogue early on Sunday before shooting Dan Uzan in the head and wounding two police officers.

Uzan, 37, was in charge of checking visitors at a Jewish confirmation party.

Police said the 22-year-old gunman also carried out an attack Saturday at an event promoting free speech where film director Finn Norgaard, 55, died and three police officers were wounded.

Police shot and killed the suspect early Sunday outside his apartment building.

Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and the mayor of Paris were to attend a memorial on Monday evening at the Krudttonden cafe, the venue of the free speech event that was titled Art, Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression.

The suspected gunman has been named by some media, which reported that he was recently released from a prison term for a stabbing.

‘Inspired by Paris attacks’

Jens Madsen, head of Danish security service PET, said he believed the shooter was "inspired by the attacks in Paris," referring to the Islamist killing spree that left 17 people dead, including 12 at the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, known for its caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

Police said he was born in Denmark and had a lengthy criminal record including weapons possession and assault.

The headmaster of an adult education centre attended by the suspect described him as "a good, hardworking student".

Peter Zinkernagel told Danish television the whole school was shocked that the former student was identified as the perpetrator of the weekend attacks that claimed two lives and left five people wounded.

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