Probe in killings cen­ters on neo-nazi marks­man

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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.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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.

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