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    1 dead in shooting at event attended by cartoonist who depicted Mohammed -

    1 dead in shooting at event attended by cartoonist who depicted Mohammed

    (CNN) Gunmen in Copenhagen, Denmark, stormed a building where controversial cartoonist Lars Vilks and his supporters had gathered Saturday, killing a man and wounding three police officers before driving away from the scene, police and witnesses said.

    Helle Merete Brix -- the founder of the Lars Vilks Committee, created two years ago in support of the Swedish cartoonist whose portrayals of the Prophet Mohammed angered many in the Muslim world -- told CNN that security personnel on site moved her and others to safe areas once they realized a shooting had taken place.

    She and Vilks ended up in a storage room together, holding hands, until police told them it was OK to come out.

    "We have never taken any chances," Brix said, referring to the heavy security from police, Danish intelligence services and Vilks' own security guards at this and other committee events. "What we have so much been frightened would happen happened."

    The attackers fled the scene in a dark Volkswagen Polo, according to Copenhagen police.

    The 40-year-old man killed hasn't been identified. A police official did say that none of the three wounded police officers suffered serious injuries.

    "Everything points to ... the shooting in Oesterbro (being) a political assassination and therefore a terror attack," Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said.

    Thorning-Schmidt vowed that "all resources will be used to find (those responsible) and bring them before a judge" for an attack she said filled her "with deep anger."

    "We have some difficult days ahead," the Prime Minister said. "... But in Denmark, we will never bow to violence."

    'We were just hiding ... and hoping for the best'

    About 30 people -- including Vilks and French Ambassador to Denmark Francois Zimeray, who tweeted later that he is "still alive in the room" -- went through airport-level security to get into Saturday's event at a theater building in what Brix described as a "very peaceful area" of the Danish capital.

    But it didn't last long, with noise erupting just a few minutes in.

    Dennis Meyhoff Brink, a satire researcher and Danish university professor, said he heard about 30 shots around 3:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m. ET) as well as someone yelling in a foreign language.

    "Everybody, of course, panicked in the room and tried to run," Brink told CNN. "... We were just hiding ... and hoping for the best."

    The attackers made it into the lobby but apparently got no farther, according to Brix, a journalist and literary critic. She recalled how one man there "acted very quickly and courageously" by pushing a woman down to the ground then putting himself on top of her so she wouldn't get shot.

    Bodyguards returned fire, the Copenhagen police official said.

    At one point, two people came running into the meeting room -- one of them bleeding from the leg, after having apparently been shot -- to "tell us to calm down," Brink said.

    Sirens could be heard 10 to 15 minutes after the shots, at which point Brink said "we started to feel more safe." The discussion on free speech even resumed, though eventually all those at the event were bused to a local police station.

    A target since cartoon of Mohammed with dog's body

    Danes in Copenhagen and beyond quickly got support from around the world, including from the mayor of Paris -- who just more than a month ago lived this same nightmare during the massacre at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in her city.

    "In the name of Parisians," Mayor Anne Hidalgo tweeted, "I express my full support."

    Like Charlie Hebdo editor Stephane "Charb" Charbonnier, 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, according to the committee.

    "This is ... why we set up the committee: to support Mr. Vilks and support his right to freedom of speech," Brix said.

    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 then. "If you insult one (religion), then you should insult the other ones."

    CNN's Pierre Meilhan, Paul P. Murphy and Lucy Pawle contributed to this report.

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    I live for the day when the stories read more like some asshole like this storms some "unsuspecting" crowd and the first person they meet gives them the ultimate smack down right away. End of. The story is over.

    I dont simply mean for the muslim madmen but anyone who is a spree killer or randomly violent.

    I would love a world in which society operated much more like an auto immune system and anyone behaving violently or anti-social was like a weakass germ and eliminated with extreme prejudice before they were able to spread their toxicity all around like they do now.

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    Copenhagen Synagogue Shooting Victim Dies; City on Edge After Two Attacks - ABC News

    Copenhagen Synagogue Shooting Victim Dies; City on Edge After Two Attacks

    Feb 14, 2015, 9:21 PM ET

    A person who was shot in the head in an attack near a Copenhagen synagogue has died, Danish police said tonight, but there was no word on whether that incident, in which two cops were also wounded, was related to another fatal shooting earlier in the day.

    The shooting tonight, in which two police officers were also wounded, occurred just hours after a gunman killed one person and wounded three cops at a free-speech event at a café in the Danish city, police said...

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    Danish police kill 22-year-old suspect after Copenhagen shootings | Reuters

    Danish police kill 22-year-old suspect after Copenhagen shootings

    By Sabina Zawadzki and Ole Mikkelsen

    COPENHAGEN Sun Feb 15, 2015 2:14pm EST

    (Reuters) - Police shot dead a 22-year-old Danish-born gunman on Sunday after he killed two people at a Copenhagen synagogue and an event promoting free speech in actions possibly inspired by an attack on the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, authorities said.

    Spy chief Jens Madsen said the gunman was known to intelligence services prior to the shooting and probably acted alone. Police said he had a record of violence, gang-related activities and weapons possession. They did not publish his name.

    Two civilians - a synagogue guard and a film-maker - were killed and five police were wounded in the two separate attacks in the Danish capital on Saturday.

    Witnesses to the Copenhagen attacks said the gunman fired up to 40 shots at a cafe hosting a free speech event with Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who has received death threats for depicting the head of the Prophet Mohammad on a dog. Vilks was unharmed.

    The gunman then moved on to a nearby synagogue where the guard, protecting a young girl's confirmation, was gunned down.

    On Sunday, thousands of Danes left a sea of flowers by the city's ornate synagogue.

    "We are a small nation and such things don't happen here," 28-year-old student Frederikke Baastrup said, reflecting a widespread sense of shock in a country that prides itself on its reputation for safety and social tolerance.

    Police cordoned off several sections in a predominantly immigrant neighborhood and took away several people for questioning, witnesses said.


    Danish authorities have been on alert since Islamist gunmen killed 17 people in three days of violence in Paris in January that began with an attack on weekly Charlie Hebdo, long known for its acerbic cartoons on Islam, other religions and politicians.

    "Denmark and France are the same nations, feeling the same sadness but also the same will to resist, fight and defeat terrorism," French President Francois Hollande said.

    "They hit the same targets, they hit what we are, what we represent, the values of freedom, the rule of law, that all citizens, whatever their religion, should be able to enjoy," Hollande said.

    Madsen said the attacks appear to have been inspired by the January attacks in Paris.

    But police who had earlier released a photo of the suspect dressed in a heavy winter coat and maroon mask, said they did not believe he had received training in jihadist camps in the Middle East.

    The man had two handguns on him when he was killed and the police search later found an automatic weapon that may have been used in Saturday's attacks.

    The gunman's primary target was likely to have been the free speech event with Vilks.

    Dozens of bullets were fired in quick succession, probably from an automatic weapon, according to a recording of the event obtained by Danish TV2.

    Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said the attacks were terrorism but said this was not the start of a war between the West and Islam.

    "When you mercilessly fire deadly bullets at innocent people taking part in a debate, when you attack the Jewish community, you attack our democracy," Thorning-Schmidt said outside the synagogue. "We will do everything possible to protect our Jewish community."

    Denmark became a target of violent Islamists 10 years ago after the publication of cartoons lampooning the Prophet Mohammad, images which led to sometimes fatal protests in the Muslim world. Many Muslims consider any representation of the Prophet blasphemous.

    Vilks stirred controversy himself in 2007 with drawings depicting Mohammad's head on a dog, triggering death threats.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said such attacks would likely continue and said Israel would welcome European Jews who choose to move to there.

    Witnesses said French ambassador Francois Zimeray had just finished introducing the cafe event, entitled "Art, Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression", when the assailant opened fire.

    The venue was heavily guarded by police, who fired back, but the attacker nevertheless escaped.

    Vilks, sheltered on the floor of a cold room at the back of the cafe with one of the event's organizers.

    "The rather spare audience got to experience fear and horror - and tragedy. I can't say it affected me as I was well looked after," Vilks wrote in a blog post.

    He has lived under Swedish police protection since 2010 and two years ago an American woman was jailed for 10 years in the United States for plotting to kill him.

    Like other European governments, Scandinavian leaders have been increasingly concerned about the radicalization of young Muslims traveling to Syria and Iraq to fight alongside violent jihadist groups such as Islamic State.

    Authorities have also been worried about possible lone gunmen like Anders Behring Breivik, the anti-immigrant Norwegian who killed 77 people in 2011, most of them at a youth camp run by Norway's ruling center-left Labour Party.

    (The story was refiled to add the dropped word 'suspect' in the headline)

    (Added reporting by the Copenhagen bureau, Niklas Pollard in Stockholm and Michel Rose in Paris; Writing by Alistair Scrutton, Balazs Koranyi; Editing by Jon Boyle and Stephen Powell)

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