Cartoonist Who Mocked Mohammed Targeted in Copenhagen Shooting

A gunman fired into a cafe in Denmark on Saturday, targeting Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who has drawn caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. One man was killed and three police officers injured.

The Copenhagen cafe was hosting a free speech event Saturday. The gunman fired some 30 shots through the windows of the Krudttoenden cafe.

The gunman got away and so far, there has been no claim of responsibility.

The attack came a month after Islamic militants gunned down a dozen at the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris.

“I heard someone firing with an automatic weapons and someone shouting. Police returned the fire and I hid behind the bar. I felt surreal, like in a movie,” Niels Ivar Larsen, one of the speakers at the event, told the TV2 channel, according to the Associated Press.

The Daily Mail, however, reported that the masked gunman fired some 200 bullets into the cafe. The mail said the gunman remains on the run after fleeing the scene in a car.

The cartoon below is believed to be the motivating factor in the Valentine’s Day attack:

Drawn in 2007, the cartoon drew ire from al-Qaeda who put a $100,000 on the head of Vilks.

Vilks’s cartoons are also to blame for Sweden’s first-ever suicide bombing in 2010, according to Business Insider, the same year seven Muslims were arrested by authorities in Ireland for planning to kill the cartoonist.


And another attack was captured on video from 2010 showing an angry crowd of Muslims who violently rushed Vilks during a lecture shortly after he played a film that depicted Muhammed in sexual situations. Watch below: