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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. 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.

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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. 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.

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.

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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Man held in Paris car park 'unfit to be interviewed'

ITV News understands that the man held by authorities in Paris over a series of gun attacks in the city earlier this week is thought to have been arrested in an underground car park in the suburb of Bois-Colombes, and was possibly under the influence of drugs at the time of his arrest.

The suspect was not in a fit state to be interviewed. Police said he has a "strong physical resemblance" to the gunman.

He was thought to be have been semi-conscious at the time of his arrest, and it is believed he may have attempted to take his own life.

Timeline: Lone gunman 'carried out four Paris attacks'

A lone gunman is believed to have carried out four attacks since Friday including a shooting in the Paris offices of a left-wing newspaper which has left one person seriously injured.

  • A lone gunman enters the offices of 24-hour news channel, BFMTV, on Friday and reportedly fires two shots before declaring: "Next time, I won't miss."
  • On Monday, a man enters the offices of left-wing newspaper Liberation in central Paris.
  • He shoots and seriously wounds a photographer's assistant, who is fighting for his life, before fleeing.
  • About 90 minutes later a lone gunman fired at least three shots into the lobby of the headquarters of Societe Generale - a bank. A window was shattered but nobody was hurt.
  • A lone gunman then hijacked a car and forced the driver to take him to the Champs-Elysees area before vanishing into the crowd.

Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said: "Given the similarities between these four cases...we are favouring the hypothesis that there is one author. The suspect is of European type, with salt-and-pepper hair and possibly 2 or 3 days of stubble."

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