Jewish children killed in French school shooting named

By Jessica Elgot, March 19, 2012
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Parents were dropping their children off at the Ozar Hatorah school when the man rode up on the scooter and began shooting.

Parents were dropping their children off at the Ozar Hatorah school when the man rode up on the scooter and began shooting.

The Jewish children and the adult killed in the Toulouse Jewish school shooting this morning have been named.

The victims were named as teacher Yonatan Sandler, 30, with his two sons Aryeh, three, and Gavriel, six, and Miriam Montenago, aged eight, daughter of the school's principal Rabbi Yaakov Monsonego. Mr Sandler is said to be a Israeli, a former resident of Kiryat Yovel, Jerusalem.

Witness Franck Califa told Le Monde: "For now, I have only tears. I'm in shock. I do not think things like that can happen. I held one of the victims in my arms."

City Prosecutor Michel Valet said a 30-year-old man, his two sons, aged three and six, and another child aged between eight and 10, were killed. A 17-year-old was also seriously injured.

Mr Valet said the gunman "shot at everything he could see, children and adults, and some children were chased into the school" before he fled the scene on a black scooter."

Parents were dropping their children off at the Ozar Hatorah school when the man rode up on the scooter and began shooting.

Early reports are linking the shooting with an attack last week on three soldiers, two of whom were shot dead as they used a cashpoint in a town nearly 30 miles away from Toulouse. The 17th Parachute Engineering Regiment had recently returned from a tour of Afghanistan.

Mr Valet said it was "justified" to question whether the incidents were linked.

Last updated: 10:34am, March 20 2012