Four Killed at Jewish School in France

Children Among the Dead in Toulouse Shooting

Shock: Investgators collect evidence in front of the Ozar Hatorah school, where four people were killed during a shooting Monday.
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Shock: Investgators collect evidence in front of the Ozar Hatorah school, where four people were killed during a shooting Monday.

By Haaretz

Published March 19, 2012.

Four people were killed and another seriously wounded in a shooting at a Jewish high school in the southern French city of Toulouse, French media reported on Monday.

According to reports, a man riding a motorcycle opened fire on the Ozar Hatorah school at around 8 a.m. when the children were preparing to enter the school.

The gunman then abandoned the motorcycle, entered the school and began shooting at the students and faculty, killing four students and one adult, and seriously wounding another student. The slain adult killed was reported to be a Jewish studies teacher at the school.


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French prosecutor Michel Valet said Monday that those killed were a 30-year-old man and his 3-year-old and 6-year-old sons. He said another child, between 8 and 10 years old, was also killed, and a 17-year-old seriously wounded.

French police said that the man opened fire with an automatic pistol of the same kind that was seen at two previous attacks on soldiers in Toulouse and the nearby town of Montauban, the report said. Three soldiers died in those two incidents, and one was seriously wounded.

Police closed off the street on which the school is located, and deployed large forces the scene. Some 50 French police officers were drafted into the investigation including anti-terrorist officers, French media reported.

The Ministry of Interior has requested increased vigilance and surveillance in all of south-west France, particularly in the Jewish districts.

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