A man on a motorcycle opened fire on a Jewish school in France on Monday, killing a rabbi, and three children. And now it appears this same gunman may be responsible for two other shootings last week that left three people dead.
In this latest incident in the French city of Toulouse, the man killed a 30-year-old rabbi, the rabbi's three-and-six-year-old sons and the eight-year-old daughter of the school principal. A 17-year-old boy was also seriously wounded.
"The drama occurred a bit before 8 a.m. A man arrived in front of the school on a motorcycle or scooter," prosecutor Michel Valet told Fox News. "He shot at everything he had in front of him, children and adults."
It is not clear if the gunman targeted the school because it was a Jewish school, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said an "anti-Semitic murder" could be not ruled out in this "loathsome murder of Jews."
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"I am sure the government of [French President] Nicolas Sarkozy will do everything possible to find the killer and we will help with that," Netanyahu said, according to The Jerusalem Post.
"It's a day of national tragedy," Sarkozy said. "The barbary, the savagery, the cruelty cannot win. Hate cannot win. The nation is much stronger."
Police said they have determined that the same gun was used in a shooting four days ago that left two paratroopers dead, and one eight days ago that killed one paratrooper. In those cases the gunman was on a motorcycle as well.