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Toulouse Shooting: Gunman Kills Four At Jewish School In France

12:34 pm - 03/19/2012

A gunman on a motorbike has opened fire in a Jewish school in Toulouse, France, killing four people.

Police said that one adult and three children, aged three, six and 10, were killed.

At least three other children were critically injured, including a 17-year-old boy.

The city was said to be on "lockdown" as police hunted the killer, who has also been linked to two recent attacks on soldiers in the region.


AFP reported that the same gun was used in the attack as in the two other deadly shootings.

The incident occurred at around 8am local time as children waited at a drop-off point near to the Lycée Ozar Hatorah, which has around 200 students. It is part of a network of more than a dozen institutions which teach more than 4,000 students across France.

Le Monde said that the dead included a rabbi who taught at the school and his two sons. The French newspaper said the man was a French-Israeli from Jerusalem.

Another rabbi, Rahamim Sabag, told Israeli reporters for Channel 2 that the other victim was the headmaster's daughter.

Toulouse prosecutor Michel Valet said: "He shot at everything he could see, children and adults. Some children were chased into the school."

One witness whose child attends the school described "a vision of horror" in the aftermath of the shooting.

French president Nicolas Sarkozy was heading to the scene, as was the French chief rabbi and the interior minister.

Sarkozy said the shootings were an "abominable drama" and a "frightening tragedy".

Declaring a day of mourning, he said schools across France would observe a minute's silence on Tuesday.

The president, who is currently on the election trail, said: "Whatever happens, faced with this kind of toll, we can say that the French Republic as a whole has been hit by this appalling tragedy."

Maxime Meunier, who is a correspondent for BFM TV, said locals were in a state of "immense shock".

Google Street View shows the school with high levels of security including CCTV cameras, a high metal gate and extended fences.

The French interior ministry ordered increased surveillance around Jewish schools, and the Minister Claude Gueant said he will visit the school on Monday morning.

The Chief Rabbi of France, Gilles Bernheim, said he was "horrified by what happened this morning in Toulouse". He said that he was "bruised in my body and my soul".

Israel said it was horrified by the shooting, and hoped the French authorities would "shed full light on this tragedy and bring the perpetrators to justice".

Jonathan Hayoun, who leads the Jewish students union of France, said in a statement that "anti-Semitic and racist speech has created a climate of insecurity for Jews in France" and called for new security measures to be put in place.

The shootings come after a week of violent attacks on soldiers of North African origin in the area around Toulouse.

Two French paratroopers were shot in the town of Montauban, near Toulouse, on Friday, when a gunman on a black motorbike pulled up at a cash machine and opened fire.

Police linked those two deaths to another deadly shooting of a soldier in Toulouse, also by an assailant on a scooter, just over a week ago, after ballistics reports said the same gun had been used.

The army called on Saturday for extra vigilance among the soldiers based around Toulouse and called for them to wear civilian clothing.

It is not confirmed if Monday's shootings are linked, but witnesses reported seeing a black motorbike in the area according to Le Monde.

Interior Minister Gueant said there were "similarities" between the attacks.

Several other attacks on Jewish schools have been recorded in France in previous years.

In 2009 in Marseille aerosol cans soaked in petrol were thrown at a Jewish school, though nobody was injured, and in 2005 acid bottles were thrown at a Jewish school in Paris.



SOURCE has pictures. Le Monde (french) has more pictures and information.

EDIT for bolding issues, sorry!
dangerousdame 19th-Mar-2012 04:53 pm (UTC)
Oh my god. Oh my fucking god.
yeats 19th-Mar-2012 05:17 pm (UTC)
i gasped when i saw this break on the times front page. horrific.
vanishingbee 19th-Mar-2012 05:33 pm (UTC)
they need to catch him. so much wtf. :(
cookie1223 19th-Mar-2012 05:40 pm (UTC)
I'm absolutely sad and ashamed but I'm am not surprised to see hate crime like this to happen, in this political climate it was a matter of time :(.
Witnesses said that a man fled the scene in Toulouse on a motorbike. Last week, a man on a motorbike killed three French paratroopers and critically wounded another in two separate shootings, police officials said. The soldiers were all Arab or black, but were paratroopers from a unit that fought in Afghanistan. According to the police, the gunman initially used a 9-mm weapon, but it jammed, so he switched to a .45-caliber gun as he went into the school. The .45-caliber weapon was the one the police said was used to shoot the paratroopers last week.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/20/world/europe/gunman-kills-3-at-a-jewish-school-in-france.html?_r=1&hp
carminaburana 19th-Mar-2012 05:59 pm (UTC)
This is horrifying. I can't understand what kind of sick fuck would target CHILDREN.
krazykat88 19th-Mar-2012 06:08 pm (UTC)
how horrifying. I really can't understand why someone would do something like this.


Edited at 2012-03-19 06:15 pm (UTC)
mercaque 19th-Mar-2012 06:18 pm (UTC)
WTF, WTF WTF. This is horrifying.
johnjie 19th-Mar-2012 09:20 pm (UTC)
Oh god. Oh no. Oh no, no, no.

Those poor children, that poor man, their poor families, friends and community...

This is heartbreaking.
milleniumrex 19th-Mar-2012 09:42 pm (UTC)
I talk to a lot of Jewish people who think anti-semitism is mainly a thing of the past. They think I should stop having such a hair-trigger temper when it comes to it and stop being angry.

This is why I won't stop. Because anti-semites have NEVER stopped wanting us dead. They just tailor their tactics and rhetoric to the times, and embolden people like this, for whom being a Jewish child going to school is worthy of death.
little_rachael 20th-Mar-2012 04:55 am (UTC)
This is heart-wrenching and enraging.
draion 20th-Mar-2012 08:50 pm (UTC)
Disgusting. I hope to everything that they catch him as soon as possible.
ayajedi 21st-Mar-2012 04:12 pm (UTC)
Have they caught him? I am getting conflicting reports about this
bebe003 22nd-Mar-2012 02:22 am (UTC)
This is absolutely terrifying. I have been hearing he has murdered 7 people in 10 days? All the reports have been fuzzy but I am trying my best to remain updated.
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