French Authorities Searching For Slain Shooter's Partner


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Hundreds gathered at Washington Square Park on Saturday to honor the victims killed in the Paris terror attacks this week.

“We have to show our solidarity with the people who had the courage to stand up to Islamist fascism,” said Curtis Ellis.

Sally lives in Paris and is visiting New York.

“I arrived last night. So I’m going to be here to support all my French friends that live here and support everybody in France right now, everybody that’s suffering,” she said.

Many at the vigil held up pens in silent tribute to the cartoonists who were killed in the shooting rampage at the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper in Paris on Wednesday.

“We are from France and so we knew what happened and we are really sad for that,” 7-year-old Antoine Hotellier told CBS2’s Matt Kozar.

Antoine and his father Nicolas joined hundreds at the rally Saturday.

“It’s an important symbol that’s been targeted and hit,” Nicolas Hotellier said.

“It’s honoring the death and the victims and saying, ‘No, this is not the way we want to live,’” Christine LaGarde said, head of the International Monetary Fund.

After two days of terror, three suspects connected to the attacks in Paris are dead.

Now, the search is on for Hayat Boumeddiene, the woman on the run who is believed to be the partner of one of the shooters, CBS2’s Ilana Gold reported

They said she’s the partner of Amedy Coulibaly, the gunman who shot and killed four people in a Kosher grocery store on Friday.

Coulibaly threatened to kill more hostages if police went after Said and Cherif Kouachi, who killed 12 people at the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper.

The president called the incident an anti-Semitic attack.

Meanwhile, assault police moved in on a printing plant Friday afternoon, killing the Kouachi brothers, who were holed up with a hostage. The hostage was not injured.

Investigators said the Kouachis and Coulibaly worked together and planned the attacks. All three claimed ties to terrorist groups, Gold reported.

Back in New York, the NYPD is on high alert as the FBI watches for potential copycats.

The NYPD has stepped up security across the city, not just putting officers at the French consulate, but also around transit hubs and synagogues.

Outside Central Synagogue in Midtown Saturday, worshippers left services with expressions of sadness and dispair, 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern reported.

“I have a cousin in Salzburg and everybody is pretty shocked,” said one man.

“It’s just sad. Random attacks of violence like this are never pleasant,” said another worshipper.

Officials had so much concern about the Kouachi brothers, they were placed on the the U.S. no-fly list.

And as authorities try delving more into their past, their focus is finding their suspected accomplice, Gold reported.

The State Department issued a global travel warning following the attacks in France.

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