France: 4 dead in shooting outside Jewish school
Paris, March 19, (RHC), -- At least four people were killed, including three children, and five others injured when an unknown assailant opened fire on a Jewish school in Toulouse Monday.
According to initial details, a man riding on a motorcycle opened fire on the Ozar Hatorah School at around 8:10 am, as the students were arriving for the school day, and then fled the scene. The shooter reportedly used two weapons, one of which was automatic.
The incident claimed the lives of Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, 30, his 3-year-old and 6-year-old sons Gabriel and Arieh and 8-year-old Miriam Monsonego, daughter of school headmaster Rabbi Yaacov Monsonego. A 17-year-old has been seriously injured.
"The gunman shot everything in front of him, children and adults," French Prosecutor Michel Valet said. "He chased the kids into the school."
French President Nicolas Sarkozy said the shooting was an "abominable, frightening tragedy."
Paris has ordered to increase surveillance and protection of Jewish institutions across France. French anti-terrorism prosecutors announced that they will investigate the shooting.
Statements condemning the shooting were issued all over the world, while Jerusalem said it was "horrified" by the attack, which was specifically directed at children.
The shooting happened in the same region where a gunman on a motorbike opened fire on three uniformed paratroopers at a bank machine Thursday, killing two and critically wounding the other. /Yedioth Anoroth