Sheets shield the body of a victim of the shooting as an investigator photographs evidence at the scene
A distraught pupil is comforted as he is ushered away from the scene of this morning's shooting Photos: Daily Mail
This afternoon, the victims were named as Rabbi Yonatan Sandler, his two sons Aryeh and Gavriel, and eight-year-old Miriam Monsonego - daughter of the school's headteacher, Yaacov Monsonego.The city immediately went into lockdown as tactical armed police units searched for the murderer, who was believed to be driving a Yamaha T-Max.
In what had all the hallmarks of a well-planned attack, the motorcyclist rode up to the main door of the school shortly after 8am and opened fire.
Toulouse prosecutor Michel Valet said: ‘The man initially used a 9mm pistol after riding up to the school on his moped.
‘When this jammed he used a .45 calibre weapon, and chased pupils inside the school. Those who died included a religious studies teacher and his two sons.
‘The man was shooting at everything that appeared in his way. He then escaped on his moped.’
Detectives immediately linked the killings to the murders of four soldiers from ethnic minorities in the area over the past week.
Having visited the Jewish schools in Paris a few years back, I can tell you they are like fortresses. One only has to read the account of Ilan Halimi to understand how frightening it is for Jews in France (and Europe).
Daiy Mail: French police stepped up the search for a killer moped-rider with a tattooed face after four people were shot down and killed outside a Jewish school in Toulouse this morning.
A 30-year-old man and his two young sons, aged six and three, were among the dead along with the headteacher's eight-year old daughter.
The latest killings come a week after two shootings in Toulouse and 30 miles away in Montauban that left three paratroopers dead and a fourth person injured.
Police fear the latest shooting, which took place outside the Ozar Hatorah school, shows that a far right wing gunman is on the loose with a grudge against ethnic minorities.
All the victims so far have been Jewish, black or of North African origin.
TOULOUSE, France (AP) — A motorcycle gunman opened fire Monday in front of a Jewish school in the French city of Toulouse, killing a rabbi, his two small sons and one other child, the prosecutor's office said.
It was at least the third deadly motorcycle shooting in France in a week, shocking the country and prompting strong emotions and high-level discussions in Israel. French prosecutors were studying possible terrorist links, but the motive for Monday's attack was unclear.
Concerns about a serial killer emerged, as investigators examined whether Monday's shooting was linked to two deadly shooting attacks in the Toulouse region last week that killed three French paratroopers and left another seriously injured. French media reported those paratroopers were of Arab origin.
President Nicolas Sarkozy rushed to the school, ordering increased security at Jewish and Muslim buildings around Toulouse, while his prime minister ordered officials to "secure" all school and religious buildings in France.
A 30-year-old man and his 3-year-old and 6-year-old sons were killed in Monday's attack, just before classes started at the Ozar Hatorah school, a junior high and high school in a quiet residential neighborhood, Toulouse Prosecutor Michel Valet said. Witnesses said the man worked at the school.
Valet said another child, between 8 and 10 years old, was also killed, and a 17-year-old was seriously injured.
"He shot at everything he had in front of him, children and adults," he said. "The children were chased inside the school."
Sarkozy denounced "the savagery" of Monday's attack on a school, and vowed to find the killer or killers. "We will find him," he said.
Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told The Associated Press that the suspect in Monday's school shootings made his getaway on a dark-colored scooter — just as the assailant or assailants did in the two shootings last week.
The school targeted Monday, behind a high white wall with few external markings, was cordoned off by police, who then escorted other children out as forensics police combed the scene.
One officer held a distraught girl, her face in her hands. A mother and son wearing a yarmulke walked away from the site, their faces visibly pained. A video camera was visible at the school's entrance.
"The drama occurred a bit before 8 a.m. A man arrived in front of the school on a motorcycle or scooter," Valet said, adding that the man got off his scooter outside the school and opened fire.
The prosecutor said the suspect probably used two weapons, including one of a large caliber.
On March 10, a gunman on a motorbike shot and killed a paratrooper in Toulouse. Last Thursday, a gunman on a motorbike opened fire on three uniformed paratroopers at a bank machine in Montauban, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Toulouse, killing two and critically wounding the other.