The suspected gunman in two fatal shootings in Copenhagen has been named as 22-year-old Omar El-Hussein, who police said had a history of gang-related violence.
Police raided an internet café close to where El-Hussein was killed and said he may have been inspired by the Islamist attacks in Paris a month ago. Local reports said El-Hussein had been released from prison two weeks ago for assault. Investigators believed he was to blame for killing two men in separate gun attacks — one at a cafe where a debate on Islam and free speech was held, and another at the city’s main synagogue.
The Telegraph (U.K.):
[El-Hussein] was a Danish-born 22-year-old known to police because of past violence, gang-related activities and possession of weapons, police said in a statement on Sunday. …
The Danish Film Institute says the 55-year-old man killed in a shooting at a free speech event in Copenhagen was documentary filmmaker Finn Noergaard. The institute’s chief Henrik Bo Nielsen says he was shocked and angry to find out Noergaard was gunned down while attending a discussion on art and free speech. Noergaard directed and produced documentaries for Danish television, including the 2004 “Boomerang boy” about an Australian boy’s dreams to become a world boomerang champion, and the 2008 “Le Le” about Vietnamese immigrants in Denmark.