Paris gun suspect charged

The suspect in a shooting at a leading French newspaper office has been charged, according to AP. The prosecutor said Abdelhakim Dekhar was charged late on Friday with several attempted murders and a kidnapping lasting fewer than seven days.

What we know about the Paris shooting suspect

Abdelhakim Dekhar, 48, remains in custody in Paris hospital after police detained him on Wednesday night.

Here is what we know about him:

  • Of Algerian origin
  • Enlisted in the Algerian army at the age of 17, Le Figaro reports
  • Affiliated with anarchist far-left in the 90s, known as “Toumi’ among his peers
  • Sentenced in 1998 for his links to a murder spree in France
  • Lived abroad, including in London, after his release in 1999
  • Detained on Wednesday, heavily medicated
  • Believed to have attempted to take his own life
  • Left notes criticising capitalism and the violence in Libya and Syria

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Paris suspected gunman 'lived in the UK'

The suspect in a shooting at a leading French newspaper office had lived in Britain for several years before returning to France in July, according to the Associated Press.

Abdelhakim Dekhar remains in custody in a suburban Paris hospital after police detained him on Wednesday night, the Paris prosecutor said.

Prosecutor Francois Molins told reporters that the witness who turned Dekhar in said he had been staying with him and that they had met while working in a restaurant together in London 13 years ago.

Paris suspected gunman 'left notes in his car'

A man suspected of shooting an employee of a French newspaper and firing a shotgun at the headquarters of a major bank was arrested overnight and left letters in his car, French Interior Minister Manuel Valls said today. Valls told French radio RTL:

It seems that there were one or several letters, but I can't be more precise at this stage, it is for the justice to communicate on this, the investigation is under the authority of the Paris prosecutor and it is the French justice which will give us those elements so that we can understand what happened but also know the motivations of this individual.

Paris gunman 'attempted suicide' before arrest

French Interior Minister Manuel Valls (L). Credit: Reuters

Abdelhakim Dekhar, the man arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of carrying out recent shootings in Paris, appeared heavily medicated when he was detained, French Interior Minister Manuel Valls told reporters today.

"Everything seems to show that indeed, he tried to commit suicide. However, he did not kill himself, which is very important so that we can find out all the facts, the truth about his motivations which we obviously don't know yet," Valls said.

Paris suspect was linked to murder spree in 1990s

An image of the gunman suspected of carrying out the attacks.
An image of the gunman suspected of carrying out the attacks. Credit: REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Abdelhakim Dekhar, the man arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of carrying out recent shootings in Paris, was convicted in 1998 for his links to a "Bonnie-and-Cyde" style murder spree in France.

He was convicted of buying a gun used in the 1994 shooting attacks by student Florence Rey and her lover Audry Maupin, in which three policemen and a taxi driver were killed.

Read: Paris suspect's DNA matched bank HQ crime scene

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French authorities name arrested Paris gunman

French authorities have named a man arrested in connection with carrying out the gun attacks as Abdelhakim Dekhar.
French authorities have named a man arrested in connection with carrying out the gun attacks as Abdelhakim Dekhar. Credit: REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

French authorities have named a man arrested in connection with carrying out gun attacks in Paris earlier this week as Abdelhakim Dekhar.

The man was held in a car park in the suburb of Bois-Colombes.

Authorities said that Dekhar was jailed in 1998 after being involved in several fatal shootings in the same city, in 1994.

Man arrested in car park over Paris shootings

Police guard the entrance to the car park where the man was held. Credit: RTV

Police in Paris arrested a man in an underground car park in connection with a series of shooting in the city earlier in the week.

The car park in Bois-Colombes in Paris where the man was arrested. Credit: RTV

The man was held in a car park in the suburb of Bois-Colombes.

Read: Man held in car park 'unfit to be interviewed'

More: Soldiers in patrol across Paris following shooting arrest

Soldiers on patrol across Paris following shooting arrest

A French soldier patrols near the Eiffel Tower in Paris after the security alert triggered by the shootings. Credit: Reuters

Members of the French armed forced are on patrol in metro stations and on busy streets in Paris this evening, following the arrest of a man over a series of gun attacks in the city earlier in the week.

Read: Man held in Paris car park over shootings

French soldiers patrol Montparnasse metro station in Paris this evening. Credit: Reuters

The suspected gunman is believed to be behind four attacks around the capital. The motive for the attacks remains unclear.

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