Strasbourg suspect: From young criminal to fugitive attacker

Cherif Chekatt's criminal career began at age 10. By age 13 he had been convicted. Now, with his third decade still incomplete, he is a fugitive, accused in the deadly shooting at France's most famous Christmas market.

The 29-year-old has more than two dozen convictions, mostly in France but also in Switzerland and Germany. The rare times he's been out of jail, he's moved around. He had lived at his latest apartment, in a grim housing bloc on the edge of Strasbourg, for just a few months before police broke down the door in an unrelated case.

But Chekatt wasn't home on Tuesday morning when the police arrived at the fifth-floor flat overlooking a pair of smokestacks and...