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Strasbourg shooting probe turns to associates

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Strasbourg shooting probe turns to associates

Strasbourg shooting probe turns to associates

Strasbourg's Christmas market is reopening after a police shootout killed Cherif Chekatt, the gunman who slew several people there on Tuesday.

French prosecutors say the investigation is now focused on whether the religious extremist had accomplices.

Matthew Larotonda reports.

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Strasbourg shooting probe turns to associates

Strasbourg's Christmas market reopens for a bittersweet holiday season, and under heavy security.

The gunman who killed several people here on Tuesday (December 11) and wounded over a dozen others was himself gunned down by police the night before the reopening.

These bullet holes mark where religious extremist Cherif Chekatt made his last stand, a mile from the market and after a two day manhunt.

Authorities say police were closing in on him when he was spotted on the street by a patrol vehicle.

The 29-year-old ducked into the doorway to evade them.

When the officers confronted him he pulled a gun and fired -- the same revolver they believe he used in the market -- but missed.

The police fired back, killing him.

They also found a knife in his coat.

French prosecutors say the investigation is now focused on whether Chekatt had any accomplices.

He had a long criminal history, is believed to have been radicalized in prison, and was a known security threat.

On the morning before his attack police raided his home in connection to a separate homicide investigation.

He was was absent but they found a small .22 caliber hunting rifle and a non-lethal grenade.

Several associates, including his parents and two brothers, are also in custody.




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