Jewish school shooting in southwestern France kills 4

TOULOUSE, FRANCE (BNO NEWS) — Four people were confirmed killed, including three children, at a Jewish school shooting on Monday in southwestern France, local authorities said.

The incident occurred on Monday morning at the Ozar Hatorah school in the Roseraie District of Toulouse, France, when a man riding a scooter opened fire against the school as students began arriving.

According to Le Monde, a Rabbi was killed, along with his two children, while a third child reportedly died later. The children were aged 8, 6, and 3, although they were not students of the school. In addition, five others have been injured, two of them reported in serious condition.

The shooting comes just eight days after a soldier was shot dead in Toulouse as well. And last Friday, only four days after the first incident, a similar shooting in not far from Toulouse in Montauban, resulted in the death of another three soldiers.

During the attack, the shooter also arrived on a motorbike, and initial reports indicate that some of the bullets are of the same caliber as Monday’s schools shooting. The attacker initially used an 11.43-caliber automatic weapon before switching to a 9 millimeter caliber firearm.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who arrived at the scene of the shooting along with Interior Minister Claude Gueant, has declared a national day of mourning.

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