Death Toll Rises in Christmas Market Terrorist Attack, Please Send Prayers

December 14, 2018Dec 14, 2018

Early Friday, it was announced that another person had died from injuries sustained during Tuesday's shooting in the French city of Strasbourg. The shooting, which took place along France's border with Germany, had already claimed the lives of three people and wounded as many as a dozen others.

The attack, which is being considered terrorism, happened near a world-famous Christmas market. ISIS claimed the attack in the days following, but officials dismissed it as opportunism. 

The suspect, a 29-year-old resident of Strasbourg, carried out the attack with a long gun. His home was raided on Tuesday morning before the attack. He was killed by police on Thursday. 

Police sources said several of the wounded were in critical condition. The shooter was also likely wounded after being shot by soldiers guarding the market.

Peter Fritz, an eyewitness to the attack, shared his story with CBS News. He said that when the shooting broke-out, "I saw a person with apparently two shots into the head lying on the bridge here," he said.

"We tried to engage in resuscitation activities. After 45 minutes, we stopped the resuscitation effort because a doctor told us over the phone that it is senseless," Fritz said.

Strasbourg is located about 310 miles east of Paris along the border with Germany. The shooting harkens back to a millennial terror plot on Strasbourg's Christmas Market from New Years Eve 2000. In December 2004, ten suspected Islamic militants were convicted and sentenced to prison for their plot to blow up the market on New Year's Eve 2000.

Please pray for everyone who was injured in the shooting. May they make a full recovery. Also please pray for the families of the deceased.