>> The gunman suspected of carrying out a deadly shooting spree at a Christmas market in Strassburg, France, shot dead by police on Thursday, ending a 48-hour man hunt. That's according to police sources, who said Cherif Chekatt was found on the street about a mile from the site of Tuesday nights attack, and said that when police officers tried to arrest him, he turned to fire, and police shot and killed him.
The death toll from Tuesday's attack rose to three Thursday. 13 others were seriously wounded. Witnesses say Chekatt shouted Allahu Akbar during the shooting. And a local taxi driver told French media that the gunman hijacked his car to escape. Chekatt had been on the run ever sense. The 29 year old was a known religious extremist who was already considered a potential security risk by authorities.
He had 27 prior convictions across France, Switzerland, and Germany, on charges including theft and was believed to have been radicalized in prison. He was even deported from Germany to France at one point, although French authorities say they saw no evidence he was planning an attack. The Paris prosecutor's office said Chekatt's parents and two brothers were being held in custody.