France: 3 Children, Teacher Killed, Others Injured in Jewish School Shooting Attack
In an absolutely despicable and sickening attack, at least 2 children at a Jewish school in the French city of Toulouse were killed, after a shooter opened fire at students as they left of the school bus and entered the establishment:
According to initial details, a man riding on a motorcycle opened fire on the Ozar Hatorah School and then fled the scene.
The school’s rabbi and the headmaster’s daughter are believed to be among the fatalities. Three of the injured are in serious condition.
ZAKA’s Paris headquarters are said to have sent delegated to the school, to assist authorities.
French Interior Minister Claude Gueant is making his way to the site as well. Paris’ Interior Ministry had ordered to increase surveillance and protection of Jewish institutions across France.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy is also said to be making his way to Toulouse.
Patrick Rouimi, of the school’s parent teacher association, said that the shooter fired on people waiting at a pickup point near the school.
The Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem issued a statement saying that Israel was “horrified” by the attack.
Chief Rabbi of France Gilles Bernheim expressed the Jewish community’s horror at the incident as well.
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. The attack in the town of Montauban occurred not far from the soldiers’ barracks. Four days earlier, a gunman on a motorbike shot and killed another paratrooper in Toulouse, about 30 miles away.
Authorities said at the time that forensic analysis showed that the same weapon was used in the shootings in Montauban and Toulouse.
Update: latest details place the casualties at four - a 30 year old Israeli teacher, his two 3 and 6 year old children and another 10 year old boy.