Jewish guard dead, two police wounded in shooting at Copenhagen synagogue

Police shoot dead possible suspect hours after synagogue attack, which follows earlier shooting in Copenhagen at debate attended by Mohammed cartoonist.
Ynet, News Agencies
Latest Update: 02.15.15, 10:33

A volunteer Jewish guard was shot dead and two police were wounded when shots were fired at a synagogue in central Copenhagen where a Bat Mitzvah was underway a little after midnight Saturday, Danish police said, adding that it was too early to say whether the incident was connected to an earlier one at an arts cafe, which left one civilian dead and three policemen wounded.

’s Foreign Ministry named the Jewish victim as Dan Uzan, 37, whose father is Israeli and mother is Danish.

Copenhagen police shot dead a man who had opened fire on officers early Sunday morning. They say the man was likely the perpetrator of the attacks.

“We assume that it’s the same culprit behind both incidents, and we also assume that the culprit that was shot by the police task force on Norreport station is the person behind both of these assassinations,” Chief police inspector Torben Molgaard Jensen told reporters.

Earlier, police said they were looking for two perpetrators. However, Investigator Joergen Skov later said the preliminary investigation revealed nothing suggesting that there were other gunmen involved.

One policeman was shot in the arm and the other in the leg during the attack on the synagogue, local media reported. The volunteer Jewish guard was shot in the head and later succumbed to his wounds.
“The police were already there. Someone came and started shooting,” police spokesman Allan Wadsworth-Hansen said, adding that police officers’ lives were not in danger.
A massive manhunt was underway overnight, Danish media reported, after the gunman fled the scene on foot. According to reports, police were searching the city’s botanical garden, in the heart of Copenhagen.

Early Sunday morning, a person “who could be related to the investigation” arrived at a house under police surveillance in the popular district of Nørrebro, an area in Copenhagen not far from the sites of the two attacks. When the officers shouted at the man, “he opened fire.” No policemen were hurt in the fire exchange.