Copenhagen Shootings: ‘We Have Tasted The Ugly Taste Of Fear’

After a frantic manhunt in Copenhagen, Denmark, involving two shootings, Danish polish announced they killed the man they believe is responsible for a pair of terrorist attacks that left two people dead. Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt spoke out about the gruesome attacks on Sunday morning.

“As a nation, we have experienced a series of hours we will never forget. 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.”

Denmark has been hit by terror. We do not know the motive for the alleged perpetrator’s actions, but we know that there are forces that want to hurt Denmark. They want to rebuke our freedom of speech.”

One of the Copenhagen shootings began on Saturday afternoon before 4 p.m., according to CNN. A gunman entered a Copenhagen café where Swedish cartoonish Lars Vilks attended a free speech forum. Vilks is known for his controversial comics of the Prophet Mohammed and has been a target by Islamic extremists because of his work.

Vilks wasn’t hurt in the Copenhagen shootings, but the gunman killed a 55-year-old man and wounded three police officers before fleeing on foot, police said. The man who died in the Copenhagen café shooting has not been announced by authorities.

Just hours later after the first shooting, a gunman approached two police officers near a Copenhagen synagogue and started shooting, according to police. Both of the officers were wounded. Dan Uzan, a 37-year-old who provided security for a confirmation party behind the synagogue, died, according to the Jewish Society of Denmark.

“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.”

Denmark’s Queen Magrethe II offered her condolences to the victims. She also urged residents to “stand together and guard the values upon which Denmark is built.”

Danish police say that they have no evidence he worked with anyone else on the Copenhagen shootings, but they are “operating under a theory” that he may have been inspired by the January terror attacks in France, according to Jens Madsen, chief of the Danish Security and Intelligence Service. The January attacks in Paris claimed the lives of 17 victims, according to the Associated Press. The first terrorist attacks began the assault on the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

According to a recent report on the Inquisitr, a blurry photo of the gunman was released by authorities several hours after the first Copenhagen shooting. The photo included a description of the suspect that said he was 25- to 30-years-old, six feet tall, and athletic “with an Arabic appearance.” He wore dark clothing, a red winter hat, and a red scarf around his face.

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