Four killed in shooting at Jewish school in France

| March 19, 2012

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Four people were killed and another seriously wounded in a shooting at a Jewish high school in the southern French city of Toulouse, French media reported on Monday.

The shooting took place near a synagogue on the campus of the Ozar Hatorah school, where children and their parents usually wait for a bus that takes them to the various Jewish preschools in the community. The victim, Jonathan Sandler, a Jewish studies teacher at the school, was waiting for the bus with his two children when the shooting occurred.

According to reports, a man riding a motorcycle opened fire at the children and the parents at around 8:00 A.M.The gunman then abandoned the motorcycle, entered the school and began shooting at the students and faculty.

French prosecutor Michel Valet said Monday that those killed were Sandler, 30, and his 3-year-old and 6-year-old sons. He said another child, between 8 and 10 years old, was also killed, and a 17-year-old seriously wounded.

Baruch, Sandler's learning companion at the Judaic studies program at the Ozar Hatorah school, told Haaretz that he spoke to Sandler moments before the shooting.

"I saw him, greeted him, and left toward the school. Seconds later, I hear shots. I didn't turn around and started running toward the synagogue that is about 10-15 meters from the entrance gate," he said.

"Everyone started shouting 'shooting, shooting!' and fled. At some point, the shooter entered the school and began firing inside. We hid under the synagogue in a shed, until the police came and escorted us out."

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