"He shot at everything there was in front of him, children and adults, and some children were followed inside the school," Toulouse’s public prosecutor Michel Valet told reporters on the scene.
Ozar Hatorah is a middle and high school, but younger children attending an elementary school nearby use the sidewalk outside as a meeting point. Some reports have given the adult victim’s name as Jonathan Sandler, 30, a Paris-born teacher who arrived from Jerusalem in September for a two-year teaching stint.
The Wall Street Journal on March 20, 2012, gave this new piece of information: "French Interior Minister Claude Guéant, who is helping coordinate a manhunt for the killer from Toulouse, said both a witness and closed-circuit television footage captured near the school have helped establish that the shooter had a camera strapped on his body. 'The killer had a camera tied to his chest that would allow him to film and view the footage on a computer,' said Mr. Guéant Tuesday. 'This adds to the psychological profile we established for the killer.'" (Other news reports mentions the camera's lense was visible on his neck.)
Monday’s attack comes after two other separate shootings last week in Toulouse and in nearby Montauban, when a man on a motorbike killed three French paratroopers and gravely injured a fourth one (who were all black males), prompting French authorities to set up a hunt for the killer during the weekend and French prosecutors in charge of terrorism investigations to open inquiries into the cases.
The March 19th shooting has been linked to two separate similar attacks last week in Toulouse and neighboring Montauban that saw three French paratroopers killed in cold blood in broad daylight—also by a gunman on a motorbike. Early reports suggest that the same .45-caliber weapon was used in all three attacks. Two soldiers have been killed and a third wounded by a gunman on a scooter who opened fire near a military base at Montauban in southern France. At the time, a potential link between the Thursday (March 15th) shootings and the gunning down of another soldier in Toulouse on Sunday (March 11th) was considered "a possibility, not a certainty."
Sergeant Ibn Ziahen and Corporal Chenoulf were of North African origin, as is Private Legouad. Corporal Lieber was black.