´Jewish school shooter filmed the killings´ (JERUSALEM POST) By GIL SHEFLER, REUTERS 03/20/12)
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The gunman who shot dead three children and a rabbi at a Jewish
school Monday was a cold, cruel killer who filmed his carnage,
France´s Interior Minister Claude Gueant said as the country prepared
to hold a silent tribute to the victims on Tuesday.
Gueant told reporters video surveillance tapes at the school in
Toulouse showed the gunman was recording his shooting spree with a
small video camera attached to his neck.
"This adds another element to the profile of the killer. It is
someone who is cruel enough to record it," Gueant said at a primary
school in the southwestern city.
"This shows a profile of the murderer as someone who is very cold,
very determined, with precise gestures, and therefore very cruel,"
French authorities on Tuesday expressed worry that additional attacks
could follow. The killer who is believed to have murdered seven
people over the last nine days remains at large.
Authorities said forensic tests proved the person used the same .45
caliber pistol in all three shootings and added they were worried
another shooting might be carried out.
"We are concerned about the possibility that they want to commit a
fourth attack," Gueant told Le Figaro.
Schools throughout France observed a moment of silence on Tuesday at
11:00 a.m. local time in memory of the victims of the deadly shooting
at the Ozar Hatorah school.
Security at Jewish schools throughout the country remains tight while
a large police presence was felt in in Toulouse, where two of the
three killings ascribed to the spree killer took place. The third
shooting took place in Montauban, a city 50 kilometers to the north.
Eyewitnesses accounts have reported the suspect as being short and
stocky. On two of the three shootings the person rode a black Model T-
Max Yamaha motorcycle and wore a black helmet. One person said she
saw he had a face tattoo.
Le Point, a French weekly, reported on Monday that a group of former
French soldiers discharged for having ties to neo-Nazi groups were
suspects but the information could not be confirmed by French
All the victims in the shootings were members of minority groups but
police have so far not ascribed a motive to the the killer or
released specific information on his or her identity.
In Israel Tuesday, the National Insurance Institute said that all
four French Jewish victims would be buried in Israel. The
announcement came after NII´s initial opposition to funding the
burial of one of the victims, Rabbi Yonatan Sandler due to
bureaucratic regulations regarding citizenship.
Although Sandler was not an Israeli citizen, his wife and his two
murdered children, were citizens.
JPost.com staff contributed to this report. (© 1995-2011, The
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