Four die in shooting outside school in France (Second Lead)

March 19th, 2012 - 6:29 pm ICT by IANS  

Paris, March 19 (IANS) Three children and an adult were shot dead Monday when a gunman went on a killing spree outside a Jewish school in the southwestern French city of Toulouse, a media report said.

The shooting, the third of its kind in the region in a week, took place outside the Ozar Hatorah Jewish school at around 8 a.m., just as students were arriving for school.

The gunman fled on a motorbike after the shooting.

Michel Valet, a prosecutor, said the gunman had “shot at everything he could see, children and adults, and some children were chased into the school”, reported Xinhua.

French Interior Minister Claude Gueant, who rushed to Toulouse, has ordered “to strengthen surveillance” around Jewish schools in France, Europe 1 reported.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is also expected to arrive in Toulouse to visit the school.

Police in southwestern France launched a major manhunt last week after the killing of three paratroopers and the wounding of another in two separate but connected incidents. The attacker in both cases fled on a scooter.

According to French paper Le Figaro, authorities said the weapon used in Monday’s shooting was the same kind that was used in last week’s attacks on the paratroopers.

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