NEAR PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 20, 2012
3 Jewish Children, 3 Soldiers, 1 Rabbi Murdered at point blank range.
With a gun touching their heads, the last thing they likely heard was the pulling of the triggers as a lone gunman, wearing a video camera and riding a scooter continued his killing spree in France for the last few days.
Investigators in France anticipate the cold blooded murderer, who has now killed 1 Jewish Rabbi, 3 school children of Jewish families and 3
acting alone, could very likely strike again.
French investigators fear a gunman who has killed three soldiers and four Jews, including three children, in cold-blooded attacks may strike again, the head of the inquiry warned Tuesday.
Monday, March 19, 2012 a lone gunman on a scooter and carrying a video camera launched a vicious and deadly attack on a small group of children, parents and their teacher just outside their Ozar Hatorah school.
Jonathan Sandler, aged 30, his two sons Arieh 5 years, and Gabriel 4 years, were shot down dead, fell to the street. Then the killer ran over to the school grounds and continued his rampage, shooting and killing little Miriam Monsonego, 7 years old daughter of the school’s director.
The bodies of these 4 victims were flown to Paris on Tuseday, along with their familes, to be joined by Alain Juppe the Foreign Minister to Israel, for burial in Jerusalem on Wednesday. Chief investigator Sarkozy paid his last respects to the bodies of the victims, while they lie in wait at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris.
Claude Gueant, Interior Minister told reporters, the assasin might have been using a video camera, reported by witnesses to be strapped around his neck for recording his crimes to upload these videos to the Internet.
However, Molins says it was "not certain" the killer had a camera, adding it was a "hypothesis" based on reports from confused witnesses.
Gueant said, while going around Toulouse to check on increased security arrangements in that part of the city a clue such as him wearing a video camera, could help what little information police have at this point about the murdered. He seems to someone who is “very cold, very determined, very in control of himself, very cruel”
Andres Breivik, the Norwegian assassin who murdered 77 innocent people, while committing attacks of terrorims on the comminty in that part of Norway, also killed mostly little innocent children, advised people who want to carry out copycat terrorist killings of this type to film their attacks in the same way using a video recorder.
Police are stuck with few clues and play down the suspicions arising about 3 soldiers recently fired due to expressing favor toward the neo-Nazi views (anti-Semitic, racist, etc.), says one source close to the investigation.
2 of those killed last week were paratroopers from the 17th Parachute Engineering Regiment, the same regiment from where 3 other soldiers were kicked out of the service for staging a neo-Nazi demonstration back in 2008.
Quotes from a police source say, inquiries continue, but a direct link to the 3 discharged soldiers was “one hypothesis among others” and was “not any longer a priority in current stage of investigation”.
The French authorities have increased security at both Jewish and Muslim schools after Monday's bloody terrorist assault, and Sarkozy declared a maximum "scarlet" terror alert (like the RED Alert in USA) for the Midi-Pyrenees region.
Chief prosecutor in Paris, Francois Molins, in charge of counter-terrorism investigations, says “He (the gunman) knows he’s hunted” and warns the public, “He’s likely to act again”. This warning is being taken serious by other officials within the schools, religious groups and parents throughout the country.
Everyone of the victims was shot directly in the head, “at point blank range”, says Chief prosecutor Molins, explaining about the burn marks caused by firing the weapon while it was actually touching the victims heads.
Paris police are diligently searching the World Wide Wide in hopes of finding some video footage perhaps even posted by the shooter himself. According to eye-witnesses the man was carrying a video camera as he murdered the children of the Jewish school in Toulouse.
Information of the potential for finding such videos of this man’s unbelieveable acts on the Internet has caused even more stress amongst victims relatives and loved ones who are already trying to deal with these horrible events.
School kids all over France joined along with civil servants, lawmakers and workers for a minute of silence for the victims of these heartless attacks. The country’s race for president has been put on hold for the time being.
The murderer is also suspected of killing a paratrooper in the same way on March 11, while not on duty, in addition to the Thursday murder of the Jewish Rabbi and the 3 little Jewish kids on Monday’s attack on their school.
The way officials look at it is, the evidence so far indicates it is all the same man. The same weapon, same brand and type of scooter, and the same timing of 4 days apart.
Molins said the attacks had been classified as terrorism because they "gravely disturbed public order by intimidation or terror" adding that the killings could be "racist and anti-Semitic but still also terrorist."
President Nicolas Sarkozy honored the victims in silent tribute at a school in Paris close to the city's Holocaust memorial, and afterwards confirmed authorities had as yet no positive clue as to the identity of the killer.
Sarkozy told press who were at the Paris school after the meeting, “Anti-Semitism is obvious” and he said the Jewish school attack was obvious an “Anti-Semitic crime”.
Questions about the killings of the soldiers brought out more questions about the whole situation. Did it have something to do with the soldiers because, “they were just back from Afghanistan?” Or was it because, “They were minorities?” Sarkozy said, “We don’t know” he continued, “And we must be very cautious until an arrest of someone has been made.”
The 3 murdered soldiers were North African origin, although they were citizens of France. Another soldier who was critically wounded during the attack was from the French West Indies. All of them were black.
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