Three Killed in Shooting at Jewish School in France

This morning, a man on a black motorcycle opened fire on a group of Jewish students and teachers outside the Otzar HaTorah school in Toulouse that serves the local Sephardic Jewish Community, killing three.

According to French news reports, the three individuals killed were a university professor and his two children.  Reports placed the attack at around 8AM, right when classes being in most schools.  News outlets detailed the events as an attacker first opening fire on the students waiting to enter the Otzar HaTorah School and then entering the school on foot and shooting at students and teachers in the building before fleeing by motorcycle.  Reports have not indicated whether there were any other additional casualties and if there were additional children killed.

According to teachers and parents, the school still held classes according to schedule.  However, security was ramped up around the school in accordance with an order given by French Interior Minister Claude Gueant.  Jewish schools around the country have beefed up security as well in response to the attack.

French press also reported that the shooting is the third to occur in Toulouse over the last week.  The previous two shooting attacks were against a bank on Thursday in nearby Montuaban that left two dead and another wounded and against a lone off-duty solider four days prior.  According to French police, the attacker in those attacks took the time to fire additional bullets into his already dead victims.  French police and intelligence have found evidence that same weapon was used in the three shootings and have launched an intensive investigation and are including anti-terrorist specialists as well.

The French Jewish community condemned the shooting as did Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor.  The Chief Rabbi of France, Rabbi Gilles Bernheim said he was horrified by the attack.

In response to this third attack, the French government has raised the general security alert level and has sent a strong military and police presence to cities in southern France such as Toulouse, Montuaban and Pamiers as well as areas around military installations.