Polish President Says Strasbourg Attack Victim Tried to Protect Others

A woman lights a candle in the street next to a message reading 'a Christmas without terror' in tribute to the victims of a deadly shooting two days ago, in central Strasbourg, on December 13, 2018. - Hundreds of French anti-terror police are still hunting for a fugitive gunman who …
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WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s president says that a Polish victim in last week’s shooting attack in Strasbourg, France, had been trying to protect other people.

Barto Orent-Niedzielski died Sunday after being shot in the head during Tuesday’s attack, bringing the number of victims to five.

The 36-year-old from Katowice, Poland, lived in Strasbourg, where he worked at the European Parliament and as a journalist.

Polish President Andrzej Duda wrote early Monday on Twitter that “I knew him by sight. I am shocked. I had not realized that he was the one mortally wounded protecting other people. Honor to his memory. RIP.”

According to some reports, Orent-Niedzielski fought the shooter and stopped him from entering a crowded club, possibly preventing more deaths.

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