Fourth sufferer dies after Strasbourg market taking pictures

An Italian journalist has turn out to be the fourth particular person to die after the Strasbourg Christmas market taking pictures.

It got here because the market reopened for the primary time since Tuesday’s assault, amid tight safety.

Paris prosecutor Remy Heitz, who handles terror instances in France, mentioned a fourth particular person had died, however didn’t determine the sufferer.

Italian officers mentioned that the 28-year outdated Italian Antonio Megalizzi, who had been shot within the head in the course of the assault, was useless.

Greater than a dozen folks have been injured when Cherif Chekatt opened fireplace available on the market within the French metropolis.

Mr Heitz mentioned that at the least 4 extra have been nonetheless in hospital with varied levels of harm.

Cheriff Chekatt is still on the run after he was shot in the arm by police
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Cheriff Chekatt had been on a watchlist of potential extremists
Police at scene
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The gunman was shot useless after two days on the run

Additionally, a Strasbourg mosque posted on Fb earlier to say one in every of its members, a mechanic named “Brother Kamal”, was in a coma after being hit within the head.

Chekatt, 29, was shot useless by police after a gunfight on Thursday night time after a two-day manhunt by greater than 700 safety officers.

Mr Heitz mentioned that Chekatt had been seen by three officers patrolling within the Neudorf district simply after 9pm native time.

When cops recognized themselves, Chekatt circled and opened fireplace, he mentioned.

“A projectile hit the automobile above the left rear door, two cops responded, taking pictures a number of occasions, and killed him.”

Investigators discovered a gun, a knife and ammunition on Chekatt’s physique.

People cry as they light candles in tribute to the victims of the deadly shooting in Strasbourg, France, December 13, 2018
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A fourth particular person has died and a quantity stay in hospital

Chekatt was born in Strasbourg and had dozens of legal convictions.

He had additionally been on a watchlist of potential extremists and had reportedly been monitored since 2015.

Seven others are being held over the taking pictures, together with 4 members of Chekatt’s household.

Prosecutors have mentioned they’re making an attempt to determine whether or not Chekatt was helped by others whereas he was evading police.

Gendarmes patrol at Strasbourg's Christmas market, on its reopening day, on December 14, 2018, one day after French police shot dead the gunman who killed four people there
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Gendarmes at Strasbourg’s Christmas market
French police patrol outside the Strasbourg Cathedral
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French police patrol exterior the Strasbourg Cathedral

On Friday, the market reopened with tight safety from police, troopers and personal safety guards.

France’s inside minister Christophe Castaner, who was there to talk with shopkeepers, mentioned the market had been reopened “for the honour of Strasbourg, for the honour of France”.

French President Emmanuel Macron may also be in Strasbourg on Friday night to “pay tribute to the victims” and present “assist for the victims’ households”.

He may also meet safety forces deployed within the metropolis to thank them for his or her efforts.

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