France: Suspected Gunman Named, Had Long Police Record

A man who had been flagged as a possible extremist sprayed gunfire near the city of Strasbourg's famous Christmas market, killing three people, wounding 12 and sparking a massive manhunt.

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STRASBOURG, France (AP) — A massive manhunt involving hundreds of police and soldiers was underway Wednesday for a suspected extremist who yelled “God is great!” in Arabic during a shooting spree around one of Europe’s most famous Christmas markets. The assault in the eastern French city of Strasbourg killed two, left one person brain dead and injured 12 others, authorities said. Police union officials identified the suspected assailant as Frenchman Cherif Chekatt, a 29-year-old with…

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