TORONTO, March 19, 2012 /CNW/ - French media have reported that a shooting outside a Jewish school in Toulouse France left at least four people dead on Monday morning. French authorities report that the shooter opened fire at the entrance to the Ozar Ha'Torah school, and then chased students into the school building. One adult and three children have died, and five others were wounded. A seventeen-year-old is reported in critical condition.
French police have not excluded the possibility that this appalling crime may have been committed by the same person who was responsible for last week's murder of French soldiers in Toulouse and Montauban. David Koschitzky, Chair of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, made the following statement in response to the shootings:
"The Canadian Jewish community shares the terrible pain of the families of the victims of the massacre at Ozar Ha'Torah. This crime is all the more grotesque because the murderer targeted children.
"We are confident that French authorities will do everything necessary to identify and bring to justice those responsible."
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The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs