Strasbourg Shooting Suspect Identified

French soldiers patrol Wednesday in the railway station of the city of Strasbourg following a shooting, eastern France. Photo: Christophe Ena / Associated Press
French soldiers patrol Wednesday in the railway station of the city of Strasbourg following a shooting, eastern France. Photo: Christophe Ena / Associated Press

STRASBOURG, France — Two police officials have identified the suspected Strasbourg gunman as 29-year-old Cherif Chekatt.

One police source said Chekatt’s criminal record mentions 25 judicial cases, including several serious cases of robbery.

The official said his apartment was searched by police on Tuesday morning – hours before the shooting – in an investigation for attempted murder. He was not at home at the time.

The two officials spoke anonymously because they were not allowed to speak publicly on an ongoing investigation.

The suspect was still on the run on Wednesday after he fired gunshots near the famous Christmas market of Strasbourg, killing three and wounding at least 13.