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Shooting outside Jewish school in France leaves 4 dead; gunman sought

March 19, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A gunman opened fire in front of a Jewish school in southwest France Monday, killing four people, including children.

The shooting happened just after 8 a.m. local time in the city of Toulouse, shortly before classes were scheduled to begin.

A 30-year-old father and his sons, ages 3 and 6, were among those killed in the shooting. Another child, between 8 and 10 years old, was also killed. A 17-year-old was seriously injured.

Authorities said the gunman took off on a scooter. The motive for the shooting remains unknown.

President Nicolas Sarkozy, accompanied by a Jewish leader, was heading to the area.

It was the latest in a week of motorcycle shooting attacks in France. A gunman on a motorbike opened fire on three uniformed paratroopers at a bank machine Thursday in Montauban in southern France, killing two and critically wounding the other.

Four days earlier, a gunman on a motorbike shot and killed another paratrooper in Toulouse, about 30 miles away.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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