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Gun in French School Shooting Linked to Prior Attacks

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ed note–needless to say, our condolences to the family members who lost loved ones.

Having said that however, HOW LONG before some ‘Iranian’ angle is tied to this? The fact that the perp drove a motorcycle exactly as the assassins in Tehran did when killing the Iranian nuclear scientist is troubling. Absent that, how long before breaking news reveals it was a ‘neo-Nazi’, since the paratroupers he killed were North African?

The French government has confirmed that the gun used to kill three French paratroopers last week is the same gun that a shooter used to fire on a Jewish school in Toulouse this morning, killing four, including a 30-year-old rabbi and his two children.

The shooter, who arrived and fled from the Ozar Hatorah school on a scooter or a motorcycle, “shot at everything he could see,” according to local prosecutor Michel Valet.

The dead included Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, who taught at the school, his 3- and 6-year-old sons Gabriel and Arieh, and the school headmaster’s 8-year-old daughter, according to the Israeli newspaper Ynet. Sandler, a French-Israeli national, had left Israel last September to begin a two year teaching stint at the school, according to the Le Parisien newspaper.

A 17-year-old and two other students were seriously wounded.

French interior ministry spokesman French Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet confirmed to ABC News that the same gun was used in two other incidents where a shooter targeted his victims while driving a motorcycle in the same area. Last Sunday, a paratrooper out of uniform was killed by a gunman on a motorbike outside of a gym in a suburb of Toulouse.

On Thursday, two soldiers were killed and a third wounded by a shooter on a scooter as they used an ATM in Montauban, about 30 miles away.

The same .45 caliber handgun was used in the shootings last week and this morning. All the paratroopers targeted were of North African descent. French media is also reporting that the same stolen Yamaha scooter was used in the school shooting and in last week’s attack.

Witnesses of today’s shooting described a horrific scene at the drop-off point for nursery- and primary-age students. The killer arrived with two weapons, and one jammed, according to AFP.

“I saw two people dead in front of the school, an adult and a child … It was a vision of horror, the bodies of two small children,” a father whose child attends the school told RTL radio. “I did not find my son. Apparently he fled when he saw what happened. How can they attack something as sacred as a school?”

“Just because we are different doesn’t mean we should be killed,” one student’s father, in tears, told the local newspaper Sud Quest from outside the school.

One student described how the shooting began just as she arrived for her morning prayers. “We were really afraid,” she told Sud Quest. She said after police arrived, the children sat down, were given water, and prayed together.

Police say they have locked Toulouse down as they hunt for the killer, and the government tightened security at all religious sites in France, particularly Jewish schools. Sixty police officers, including anti-terrorist police, are helping with this investigation after they had already begun examining the attacks on the troops.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is running for re-election, immediately flew to Toulouse, which is about 425 miles south of Paris.

“Whatever happens,” he said, “faced with this kind of toll, we can say that the French Republic as a whole has been hit by this appalling tragedy.”

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