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Wednesday
Mar212012

French School Shooting: Police Raid Home of Suspected Gunman

Getty ImagesUPDATE: French media said Wednesday morning that the alleged gunman in Monday's school shooting in Toulouse has been arrested.  Police have denied those reports.

(TOULOUSE, France) -- The gunman who is believed to have been terrorizing southwestern France for the past week-and-a-half is surrounded by police Wednesday after they launched an early morning raid on the suspect's home in Toulouse.

The shooter, who has been identified as Mohammed Merah, a 24-year-old Frenchman of Algerian origin, is accused of opening fire and killing four people, including three children, at a Jewish school in Toulouse on Monday.  He has also been tied to the deaths of three paratroopers who were gunned down in two separate incidents last week in the Toulouse area.

Negotiations have been underway with the suspect, who, according to officials, said he would surrender later in the day.

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Tuesday
Mar202012

Southern France on High Alert After School Shooting

ERIC CABANIS/AFP/Getty Images(TOULOUSE, France) -- Monday's shooting deaths of three children and a rabbi in front of a Jewish school in Toulouse, France, was a continuation of a pattern of violence that compelled President Nicolas Sarkozy to raise the terrorism level in the region to its highest level.

Before the school shooting, which Sarkozy called the deadliest in France's history, three paratroopers were gunned down in two separate incidents last week in the Toulouse area.

It's believed the same shooter, who got away Monday, was involved in all the incidents.  There also seems to be an ethnic component to the attacks.

Two of the children who were killed were the sons of the slain rabbi, while a 10-year-old girl, who was the daughter of the Ozar Hatorah school's director, was also shot dead.

Sarkozy said that until the suspect is apprehended or killed, 14 riot police units "will secure the region."  The terror alert level will remain at scarlet, the highest on the color scale.

In another development, French Interior Minister Claude Gueant said Tuesday that witnesses recall seeing a small camera around the alleged gunman's neck, with speculation that he might have been filming the shootings. 

Gueant admitted authorities have "no clear leads" regarding the shooter's identity or where he might be now.

Meanwhile, police presence at Jewish communities and synagogues in New York and other U.S. cities was beefed up,  even though no direct threats have been made.

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Monday
Mar192012

Gun in French School Shooting Linked to Prior Attacks

Gilles Bouquillon/Getty Images(PARIS) -- The French government has confirmed that the gun used to kill three French paratroopers last week is the same gun that a shooter used to fire on a Jewish school in Toulouse Monday morning, killing four, including a 30-year-old rabbi and his two children.

The shooter, who arrived and fled from the Ozar Hatorah school on a scooter or a motorcycle, "shot at everything he could see," according to local prosecutor Michel Valet.

The dead included Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, who taught at the school, his 3- and 6-year-old sons Gabriel and Arieh, and the school headmaster's 8-year-old daughter, according to the Israeli newspaper Ynet. Sandler, a French-Israeli national, had left Israel last September to begin a two year teaching stint at the school, according to the Le Parisien newspaper.

A 17-year-old and two other students were seriously wounded.

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French interior ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet confirmed to ABC News that the same gun was used in two other incidents where a shooter targeted his victims while driving a motorcycle in the same area. Last Sunday, a paratrooper out of uniform was killed by a gunman on a motorbike outside of a gym in a suburb of Toulouse.

On Thursday, two soldiers were killed and a third wounded by a shooter on a scooter as they used an ATM in Montauban, about 30 miles away.

The same .45 caliber handgun was used in the shootings last week and Monday morning. All the paratroopers targeted were of North African descent. French media is also reporting that the same stolen Yamaha scooter was used in the school shooting and in last week's attack.

Police say they have locked Toulouse down as they hunt for the killer, and the government tightened security at all religious sites in France, particularly Jewish schools. Sixty police officers, including anti-terrorist police, are helping with this investigation after they had already begun examining the attacks on the troops.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is running for re-election, immediately flew to Toulouse, which is about 425 miles south of Paris.

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Monday
Mar192012

Children Among Dead in Jewish School Shooting in France

ERIC CABANIS/AFP/Getty Images(TOULOUSE, France) -- A shooter opened fire on a Jewish school in Toulouse, France, Monday morning just as students arrived, killing four people, including a 30-year-old rabbi and his two children, officials said.

The shooter, who arrived and fled from the Ozar Hatorah school on a scooter or a motorcycle, "shot at everything he could see," according to local prosecutor Michel Valet.

The dead included Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, who taught at the school, his 3- and 6-year-old sons Gabriel and Arieh, and the school headmaster's 8-year-old daughter, according to the Israeli newspaper Ynet.

A 17-year-old and two other students were seriously wounded.

Authorities are investigating whether the shooting is linked to two other incidents where a shooter targeted his victims while driving a motorcycle in the same area.  Last Sunday, a paratrooper out of uniform was killed by a gunman on a motorbike outside of a gym in a suburb of Toulouse.

On Thursday, two soldiers were killed and a third wounded by a shooter on a scooter as they used an ATM in Montauban, about 30 miles away.

The same caliber weapon -- a .45 handgun, referred to in France as an 11.43 -- was used in the shootings last week and Monday morning, police officials told local media.

"It is too early to link the different shootings, but there are similarities between these shootings: same modus operandi, same area," French Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told ABC News.  "The shooter in all these cases was very determined."

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Thursday
Apr072011

Over a Dozen Dead, Injured After School Shooting in Brazil

ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images(RIO DE JANEIRO) -- At least 13 people are dead and 22 others injured after a shooting at an elementary school in Rio de Janeiro Thursday, according to Brazilian officials.

The Globo television network reports that the gunman, Wellington Menezes de Oliveira, was a former student of the school and was able to enter the building by saying he was going to give a lecture.  Upon entering, the 23-year-old gunman went up to the third floor where he opened fired using two guns, which he reloaded several times.

Police responded to the scene after seeing children running away from the school.

Twelve children between the ages of nine and 14 were killed in the shooting.  The gunman also died, although it is unclear at this point if he took his own life or was shot by authorities.  Police did say, however, that he left a letter stating he intended to kill himself.´╗┐

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