French gunman's capture revives memories of bizarre '90s shooting spree
Mr. Dekhar became something of a household name after a 1994 incident involving a young couple, dubbed France's "Bonnie and John Hannah Jersey Cheap Clyde," who ended up in a car chase and shooting spree that left several dead. Dekhar was accused of aiding the couple, who belonged to an anarchist group.
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"All evidence points to his implication in the shootings," Mr. Valls said last night. "There will now be a careful investigation to understand his exact motives."
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The rampage began Monday when a gunman, now believed to be Dekhar, walked through the glass sliding door of Liberation and fired two shots, before firing outside the bank, generating panic in Paris as he remained on the loose.
Liberation's director of publications, Nicolas Demorand, said Thursday that Dekhar's arrest was of "enormous relief."
President Franois Hollande hailed the police for preventing "the worst from happening again."
But French media are now fixating on the events of the 1994 "Rey Maupin" affair that included a shootout with police in Paris that left several dead, including Audry Maupin, one of the perpetrators. His girlfriend, Florence Rey, survived and was sentenced to 20 years in www.nflpatriotsofficialonline.com/73+John+Hannah+Jersey+Cheap.html jail.
Dekhar was handed a jail sentence as well for buying a gun that the couple used in the shootout, but he denied any involvement with them. He claimed to be an agent of the Algerian security forces. But it was left unclear what his motive was then.
"Along with Rey, Dekhar became a household name in France in a story that gripped the nation for years. And despite his involvement in such a high profile case, almost nothing is known about Dekhar," writes France 24.
That may have remained true after this case, too. Dekhar was found in a parking garage, on the outskirts of Paris, Wednesday night.
He apparently did leave two letters, one of which ranted about the manipulation of the media and capitalism and made vague references to the situation in Syria. Valls had earlier said a political motive was not possible to establish "at this point," according to Radio France International.
But because he was arrested, France may get solid answers for the why behind his words as they grapple with the violence that shook Paris this week. They may even glean more insight into the violence that shocked the city two decades ago.
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