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The suspect of the shootings in Copenhagen that occurred this weekend, was known to be involved with criminal gangs, had a violent past and was recently released from jail.
Policemen secure the area around a building in Copenhagen, Denmark, where shots were fired on February 14, 2015 outside the venue of a debate held on Islam and free speech. According to Danish media, the French ambassador to Denmark attended the discussion. Unidentified assailants fired on a building where the debate was being held, the French ambassdor to Denmark told AFP from inside the venue. Reports said that Swedish artist Lars Vilks, the author of controversial Prophet Mohammed cartoons published in 2007 that sparked worldwide protests, was also at the debate. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN SYLVEST / SCANPIX DENMARK +++ DENMARK OUT (Photo credit should read MARTIN SYLVEST/AFP/Getty Images)
Policemen secure the area around a building in Copenhagen, Denmark, where shots were fired on February 14, 2015 outside the venue of a debate held on Islam and free speech. According to Danish media, the French ambassador to Denmark attended the discussion. Unidentified assailants fired on a building where the debate was being held, the French ambassdor to Denmark told AFP from inside the venue. Reports said that Swedish artist Lars Vilks, the author of controversial Prophet Mohammed cartoons published in 2007 that sparked worldwide protests, was also at the debate. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN SYLVEST / SCANPIX DENMARK +++ DENMARK OUT (Photo credit should read MARTIN SYLVEST/AFP/Getty Images)
Policemen secure the area around a building in Copenhagen, Denmark, where shots were fired on February 14, 2015 outside the venue of a debate held on art, blasphemy and free speech. According to Danish media, the French ambassador to Denmark attended the discussion. AFP PHOTO / SCANPIX DENMARK +++ DENMARK OUT (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
Policemen secure the area around a building in Copenhagen, Denmark, where shots were fired on February 14, 2015 outside the venue of a debate held on art, blasphemy and free speech. According to Danish media, the French ambassador to Denmark attended the discussion. AFP PHOTO / SCANPIX DENMARK +++ DENMARK OUT (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
Policemen secure the area around a building in Copenhagen, Denmark, where shots were fired on February 14, 2015 outside the venue of a debate held on art, blasphemy and free speech. According to Danish media, the French ambassador to Denmark attended the discussion. AFP PHOTO / SCANPIX DENMARK +++ DENMARK OUT (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
Forensic police officers work at the area around a cultural centre in Copenhagen, Denmark, where shots were fired during a debate on Islam and free speech on February 14, 2015. Unidentified gunmen killed at least one person and wounded several police officers after opening fire in what French authorities call 'a terrorist attack'. France's ambassador to Denmark Francois Zimeray, who was attending the debate, told AFP the attackers were seeking to replicate the January 7 assault by jihadists in Paris on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo that left 12 dead. AFP PHOTO / CLAUS BJORN LARSEN (Photo credit should read CLAUS BJORN LARSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt speaks to journalists at a cultural centre in Copenhagen, Denmark, where shots were fired during a debate on Islam and free speech on February 14, 2015. Unidentified gunmen killed at least one person and wounded several police officers after opening fire in what French authorities call 'a terrorist attack'. France's ambassador to Denmark Francois Zimeray, who was attending the debate, told AFP the attackers were seeking to replicate the January 7 assault by jihadists in Paris on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo that left 12 dead. AFP PHOTO / CLAUS BJORN LARSEN (Photo credit should read CLAUS BJORN LARSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
The first flowers have been laid at the corner of Gunner Nu Hansens Plads and Per Henrik Ling alle after a shooting attack at a cultural centre in Kanonhallen in Oesterbro, a district of Copenhagen, Denmark, where shots were fired during a debate on Islam and free speech on February 14, 2015. Unidentified gunmen killed at least one person and wounded several police officers after opening fire in what French authorities call 'a terrorist attack'. France's ambassador to Denmark Francois Zimeray, who was attending the debate, told AFP the attackers were seeking to replicate the January 7 assault by jihadists in Paris on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo that left 12 dead. AFP PHOTO / SCANPIX DENMARK / MARTIN SYLVEST +++ DENMARK OUT +++ (Photo credit should read MARTIN SYLVEST/AFP/Getty Images)
Emergency services personnel stand behind a police cordon on February 15, 2015, close to Norrebro station where the alleged offender of a terrorist attack, was killed. In a first attack, a 55-year-old man was killed at a panel discussion about Islam and free speech on Saturday attended by the Swedish cartoonist behind controversial caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed. In a second attack, a Jewish man was killed and two police officers were wounded outside Copenhagen's main synagogue early Sunday. AFP PHOTO / SCANPIX DENMARK / MARTIN SYLVEST (Photo credit should read MARTIN SYLVEST/AFP/Getty Images)
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - FEBRUARY 15: Danish policemen arrest an drunk man shortly after a shooting near a synagogue in central Copenhagen, Denmark on 15 February 2015 after one person was shot in the head and two policemen were shot in the arm and leg in Krystalgade, a street that is home to Copenhagen's main synagogue. (Photo by Freya Ingrid Morales/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - FEBRUARY 15: A policeman inform tourist about the situation and instruct them around the police cordon near Norreport Train Station on February 15, 2015 after one person was shot in the head and two policemen were shot in the arm and leg in Krystalgade, a street that is home to Copenhagen's main synagogue. (Photo by Freya Ingrid Morales/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Police officers take cover behind their patrol cars on the streets of central Copenhagen on February 15, 2015 after one person was shot in the head and two policemen were shot in the arm and leg in Krystalgade, a street that is home to Copenhagen's main synagogue. It was not confirmed if the incident was related to Saturday's deadly shooting at a cultural centre in Copenhagen where a debate on Islam and free speech was being held. AFP PHOTO / SCANPIX DENMARK / MARTIN SYLVEST +++ DENMARK OUT +++ (Photo credit should read MARTIN SYLVEST/AFP/Getty Images)
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - FEBRUARY 15: Danish policemen arrest an drunk man shortly after a shooting near a synagogue in central Copenhagen, Denmark on 15 February 2015 after one person was shot in the head and two policemen were shot in the arm and leg in Krystalgade, a street that is home to Copenhagen's main synagogue. (Photo by Freya Ingrid Morales/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Despite a warning from prison authorities that the gunman behind a weekend shooting spree in Copenhagen was at risk of being radicalized in jail, Danish intelligence officials insisted Tuesday they had no reason to believe he was plotting attacks after his release.

Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein was killed in a shootout with a SWAT team early Sunday after attacks on a free speech event and a synagogue that killed two people and wounded five.

The Danish Security and Intelligence Service, known by its Danish acronym PET, acknowledged that the 22-year-old gunman was flagged in September under a program meant to alert PET to "inmates who are at risk of radicalization."

El-Hussein, a Denmark native with Palestinian parents, was in pre-trial detention at the time for seriously wounding a train passenger in a knife attack, court documents show.

What prompted prison authorities to sound the alarm is unclear, but PET said that the information gave the agency "no reason to believe that the now deceased 22-year-old alleged perpetrator was planning attacks."

PET also said it didn't have any intelligence before the gunman's shooting sprees at a cultural center and synagogue that an attack was imminent. PET chief Jens Madsen declined to elaborate when reached by phone Tuesday.

"We are in the middle of an investigation with many aspects, many things to look into, there are lots of unanswered questions right now," Madsen told The Associated Press.

A Danish documentary filmmaker and a Jewish security guard died and five police officers were wounded in the shootings before the gunman was killed.

Two sources close to the case identified the gunman as El-Hussein. They spoke on condition of anonymity because his identity hasn't been released by police. One said El-Hussein was released from jail about two weeks before the attacks after serving time for the train stabbing.

Court documents from that case describe El-Hussein as a repeat offender with a record of violence and weapons violations. During previous stints in prison, El-Hussein was deemed at risk of falling ever deeper into a life crime. He was offered "support and guidance regarding personal and social circumstances," but declined.

However, there was no mention of any radical views.

"Nothing like that came up during the trial," his defense lawyer in the case, Rolf Lindegaard Gregersen, told AP.

The Danish Parliament opened Tuesday with a minute of silence for the victims of the shooting attacks.

Authorities have said the gunman may have been inspired by last month's terror attacks by Islamic extremists in Paris. But Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said there was no indication he was part of a wider cell, and no known terrorist group has taken responsibility for the attacks.

Police are still looking for potential accomplices. On Monday, a judge ordered 10 days of pre-trial detention for two people accused of helping el-Hussein get rid of a weapon while evading authorities. Both men deny the charges, said Michael Juul Eriksen, a defense lawyer for one of the two.

El-Hussein's first target was a cultural center hosting a panel discussion with a Swedish artist who had caricatured the Prophet Muhammad. The artist, Lars Vilks, was whisked away unharmed by his bodyguards. A 55-year-old documentary filmmaker was killed and three police officers were wounded.

Vilks told AP by phone on Tuesday that he expects security to be raised at any future events that he attends and that he has faith in his bodyguards.

"I have not feared for my life in a long time. I have security," he said.

The second shooting happened outside the synagogue after midnight Sunday, where the gunman opened fire on the 37-year-old Jewish security guard and two police officers.

Police fired back during the first shooting - apparently missing the gunman - while it's unclear whether the officers outside the synagogue fired their guns.

Mogens Lauridsen, operative chief of the Copenhagen Police, told AP that there's a possibility that at least one of the officers may have damaged his gun or lost the clip when he dropped to the ground during that shooting.

Denmark has foiled a series of terror plots since the 2005 publication of 12 caricatures of the prophet in the Jyllands-Posten newspaper triggered riots in Muslim countries and calls for vengeance.


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