Motorcycle Assassin Strikes Again In France
The people of the city of Toulouse, France, experienced more torment this week as a motorcycle-riding gunman sprayed a Jewish school there with gunfire. The shooting spree killed a rabbi, his two small sons and one other child.
This latest horrific incident marks the third deadly motorcycle shooting in France in less than a week. The shootings have put the nation on edge and left French prosecutors wondering if the attacks represent terrorist activity or random violence.
The motive for this latest attack remains unclear to the authorities.
Investigators are attempting to discover whether the latest shooting is linked to two murderous attacks in the Toulouse region last week. Those attacks resulted in the death of three French paratroopers and left yet another seriously injured.
French media reports say all the paratroopers were of Arab ethnic origin.
Some authorities are wondering aloud that the attacks may be the work of a serial killer or killers.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy ordered security ramped up at Jewish and Muslim sites around Toulouse, and the French Prime Minister has called for his forces to secure all school and religious buildings across the nation.
The 30-year-old rabbai and his 3-year-old and 6-year-old sons were the victims of this latest attack, and they were all gunned down just prior to classes starting at the school in a quiet, residential neighborhood.
Toulouse Prosecutor Michel Valet said another child, between 8 and 10 years old, was also killed, and a 17-year-old was seriously injured during the attack.
“He shot at everything he had in front of him, children and adults,” Valet said.
Sarkozy was incensed at the “savagery” of the attack.
“We will find him,” Sarkozy said.
Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet revealed to the The Associated Press that the suspect was seen making his getaway on a dark-colored scooter, and that account jibes with witness statements describing the assailant or assailants in the two previous shootings.
“It is too early to establish a sure link,” said Valet. “But there are elements that justify asking very serious questions.”
Forensic evidence found at the scenes of the shootings indicated that the same weapon was used in the shootings in Montauban and Toulouse.
“It’s a day of national tragedy,” Sarkozy said after arriving. “The barbarity, the savagery, the cruelty cannot win. Hate cannot win. The nation is much stronger.”