French official: shooter kills several at school

ELAINE GANLEY Associated Press Published:

TOULOUSE, France (AP) -- A shooter has opened fire in front of a Jewish school in a southwest French city killing several people, the Toulouse prosecutor said Monday.

Michel Valet told The Associated Press that there were "several dead" in the morning incident at the school in Toulouse. He said it was unclear whether the victims were children.

The shooter drove away on a scooter, a national police official in Paris said. The private Jewish school is located in the northeast of Toulouse.

The official did not wish to be named in line with departmental rules.

The shooting occurred about 8:10 a.m. just ahead of the start of classes in most schools.

The shooting happened in the same area where a gunman on a motorbike opened fire on three uniformed paratroopers at a bank machine Thursday, killing two and critically wounding the other. The attack in the town of Montauban occurred not far from the soldiers' barracks. Four days earlier, a gunman on a motorbike shot and killed another paratrooper in Toulouse, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) away.

Authorities said at the time that forensic analysis showed that the same weapon was used in the shootings in Montauban and Toulouse.

It was not immediately clear if all three shootings are related.