Copenhagen, Denmark (CNN)After a frantic manhunt involving “all the country’s police forces,” Danish police say they’ve killed the man they believe is responsible for a pair of possible terrorist attacks that left two people dead.
“As a nation, we have experienced a series of hours we will never forget,” Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said Sunday.
“We have tasted the ugly taste of fear and powerlessness that terror would like to create. But we have also, as a society, answered back.”
The carnage began Saturday afternoon, when a gunman stormed a Copenhagen cafe where Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks — known for his controversial depictions of the Prophet Mohammed — was attending a free speech forum.
The gunman killed a 55-year-old man at the cafe and wounded three officers before fleeing, police said. The victim has not been identified.
About 10 hours later, someone approached two officers near a Copenhagen synagogue and started shooting, police said.
Just behind the synagogue, a young girl was celebrating her confirmation with a party of about 80 people, the Jewish Society of Denmark said.
The two officers were wounded and survived. But 37-year-old Dan Uzan, who was standing at the gate providing security for the party, was shot and killed, the Jewish Society said.
“The Jewish Society is in shock about the attack, but everyone’s thoughts are first and foremost with Dan’s family and friends, and with the wounded police officers and their families,” the Jewish Society said.
How police found the suspect
Authorities pieced together surveillance images from across the capital and tracked the suspect’s movements, Copenhagen police investigator Jorgen Skov said.
The footage shows the man going from the scene of a shooting to where he apparently abandoned a vehicle, and to a taxi cab.
“By interviewing the taxi driver, we got the address where he dropped off the person,” Skov said. “We have been keeping that address under observation.”
He said when officers tried to make contact with the suspect at the Copenhagen apartment on Sunday, the suspect opened fire. Police fired back, killing the gunman.
No officers were injured.
While the identity of the shooter was not released, Islamist extremists have made documented threats against Vilks. They’ve even placed him on a “wanted” poster in an al Qaeda magazine.
Free speech event turns fatal
The forum attended by Vilks at the cafe was interrupted by the sounds of dozens of gunshots.
“Everybody, of course, panicked in the room and tried to run,” professor and satire researcher Dennis Meyhoff Brink said. “We were just hiding … and hoping for the best.”
Brink said he heard about 30 shots around 3:30 p.m. Saturday. He said he also heard someone yelling in a foreign language.
The attacker made it just inside the building but apparently got no farther, said Helle Merete Brix, a journalist and founder of the Lars Vilks Committee. The group supports the cartoonist, whose portrayals of the Prophet Mohammed angered many in the Muslim world.
Bodyguards returned fire, Copenhagen police said, but the gunman managed to flee.
“We are investigating this as a terror attack,” Skov said.
Police also said they are treating the synagogue attack “as a possible terror act, but of course we can’t say for sure.”
Cartoon of Mohammed with dog’s body
Vilks became a target after his 2007 cartoon depicting Mohammed with the body of a dog — an animal that conservative Muslims consider unclean.
In a CNN interview later that year from his home in rural Sweden, Vilks said the drawing was calculated to elicit a reaction.
“It should be possible to insult all religions in a democratic way,” he said at the time. “If you insult one (religion), then you should insult the other ones.”
Like Charlie Hebdo editor Stephane “Charb” Charbonnier — who was killed in the attack on that magazine’s Paris offices last month — Vilks was one of nine faces on a “Most Wanted” graphic published by al Qaeda’s Inspire magazine for “crimes against Islam.”
Others include a pair of Danish journalists who published 12 cartoons depicting Mohammed in the Jyllands-Posten newspaper; Florida pastor Terry Jones, who burned a Quran; and “Satanic Verses” author Salman Rushdie.
Because of that, Brix said, “there’s no doubt” the Copenhagen event was targeted because of Vilks, who has “not been able to live a normal life” for years, the Lars Vilks Committee said.
But the Prime Minister stressed that the challenges Denmark now faces were not spawned by a religion at large.
“This is not a battle between Islam and the West, and it is not a battle between Muslims and non-Muslims, but a battle between the values of freedom for the individual and a dark ideology.”
All is wrong with the world!
“The Walking Dead” aired its midseason finale Sunday
It was intense and tragic
One beloved character was killed
Editor’s note: Spoilers for the most recent episode of “The Walking Dead” are below, so stop reading if you’re not caught up!
(CNN) — “The Walking Dead’s” midseason finale on Sunday – watched by a staggering 14.8 million viewers – was about as intense as it gets.
There was Abraham’s army returning to the church in just the nick of time and Rick putting down a cop who wouldn’t stop running.
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Beth pushed yet another cop, the threatening O’Donnell, down an elevator, and Morgan found his way back to the church just as our group of survivors left it.
But all of that action paled in comparison to the big, heartbreaking exchange at Grady Memorial Hospital (and if you went to the show’s official Facebook or Instagram right afterward, you know what happened).
Carol and Beth had finally been reunited with their people when Dawn demanded that Rick return her former ward, Noah.
Rick objected, but Noah decided to go back. And then it happened: One of Dawn’s comments set Beth off, leading to an altercation that ended with Dawn shooting Beth in the head.
It was a shocking, tragic end for a beloved character.
The look on Daryl’s face as he carried Beth’s body, followed by the anguish on her sister Maggie’s face, said it all. One year after we saw the death of patriarch Hershel, the Greene family had lost someone else.
Viewers struggled to come to terms with the character’s death on Twitter.
“If Daryl cries, you know it was a bad night on #WalkingDead. #RIPBeth,” said Travis Radina.
Christopher Cross didn’t know how he was going to get through the work day after that death.
Megan Mobley was “Still crying because Walking Dead.”
Ken Jeong of “The Hangover” and “Community” summed it all up with “Crying.”
So what can we expect next? Unfortunately, fans will have to mull over this episode for a while, as “The Walking Dead” doesn’t return to AMC until February.
First of all…..NAME DROP!!!! I remember when my wife and I used to hang out with Ken Jeong before he won the New Orleans Laugh Off and got incredibly famous. You see, he did his internship at Ochsner Foundation Hospital in the late 90s and did comedy shows around N.O.
Also, with all that is going on in the world, with Ferguson, ISIS, Boko Haram, Bill Cosby, etc. We now have to deal with the most important thing above all this! They killed off Beth!! WTF man?! No, no, not now, I know that there is a problem in the Middle East and an F-16 pilot crashed in Jordan but lets stay on the important issue folks!!!! They killed off Beth!! Hasn’t the Greene family suffered enough Goddammit!!!? Where does injustice end and decency begin? What? I…I know, Temple University just cut ties with Cosby, I know, but HAVEN’T YOU FUCKING HEARD ME?!!! THEY KILLED OFF BETH GODDAMMIT!! I…I’m sorry…I just need a minute, let me absorb this tragedy so that I can move on….