UK
21/11/2013 02:48 GMT | Updated 25/01/2014 16:01 GMT

French Police Name Arrested Paris Libération Gun Suspect Abdelhakim Dekhar

French authorities have named a man arrested on suspicion of carrying out recent gun attacks in Paris as Abdelhakim Dekhar.

He was taken into custody at about 18:00 GMT from a vehicle in a car park in Bois-Colombes, north-west of Paris.

Dekhar, a French Algerian, was reportedly heavily medicated and in a coma when he was found in a car park in the suburb of Bois Colombes.

Authorities said Dekhar had been jailed in 1998 for his role in a string of fatal shootings in Paris, the BBC reported.

His capture follows a city-wide manhunt after a gunman opened fire at the reception of the Paris building of left-wing newspaper Libération, injuring a photographer earlier this week.

The suspect later opened fire at a second building, and carjacked a terrified man near the Champs-Elysées.

The alleged perpetrator entered the lobby of the newspaper on Monday, around 10:15am, and opened fire before fleeing.

The photographer's assistant, aged 27, remains in a serious condition, shot in the chest and stomach, Liberation reported.

Prosecutors said late on Wednesday that samples of Dekhar's DNA matched that from the crime scenes.

They said he was not yet in a position to be questioned and the reading of his rights had been postponed.

Dekhar was arrested in a stationary car in an underground car park following a tip-off from a member of the public.