Probe in killings centers on neo-nazi marksman
TOULOUSE | Police searched southern France on Tuesday for an expert gunman suspected of fatally shooting seven people in the head at close range in attacks that may have been motivated by neo-nazi ties or grudges against minorities.
The shooter is suspected of carrying out three deadly attacks: leaving four people dead Monday at a Jewish school in Toulouse, three of them young children; killing two French paratroopers and seriously wounding another last Thursday in nearby Montauban; and fatally shooting another paratrooper in Toulouse on March 11.
All the school victims were Jewish with duel FrenchIsraeli citizenship, and the paratroopers were of North African or Caribbean origin. Prosecutor Francois Molins said Tuesday that the crimes appear to be premeditated owing to the killer’s “choices of victims and the choices of his targets,” adding that the killer could “act again.”
All three attacks were carried out by a man on a Yamaha motorcycle who was wearing a helmet and carrying a Colt .45, he said, though other clues to the killer’s identity were scarce.
About two dozen people gather Tuesday in front of the French Consulate in New York to mourn the victims of recent killings in France. Police there are seeking a motorcycleriding gunman in the three separate shootings, which have left seven dead.