A teacher and three children have been killed in a shooting outside a Jewish school in France in the third attack by a gunman riding a motorbike this month.
“This is a national tragedy. Everything will be done to find who is responsible and to make him pay for his crimes,” promised French President Nicholas Sarkozy.
The shooter, who had at least two weapons, opened fire at the Ozar Hatorah school in Jolimont, Toulouse, at just after 8am as pupils were arriving.
“The man initially used a 9 mm pistol after riding up to the school on his moped. When [the gun] jammed, he used a .45 caliber weapon and chased pupils inside the school. The man was shooting at everything that appeared in his way. He then escaped on his moped,” prosecutor Michael Valet told reporters.
Quoting the Israeli newspaper Ynet, ABC News writes that the dead included Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, who taught at the school, his 3- and 6-year-old sons Gabriel and Arieh, and the school headmaster’s 8-year-old daughter.
Sandler, a French-Israeli national, had left Israel last September to begin a two year teaching stint at the school, according to the Le Parisien newspaper.
While the Jewish community mourns the losses, prosecutors are attempting to discern whether the gunman is the same gunman who killed three soldiers in two separate attacks near Toulouse. According to the reports, a similar scenario played out and left three soldiers of North African descent dead. Government officials are theorizing that these attacks could be those of a terrorist.
President Sarkozy has said it is “much too early” to provide a definite link between the attacks.
“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.”
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via ABC News