(MSNBC) Updated at 7.10 a.m ET: At least four people, including three children and a rabbi, were shot dead by a gunman at a Jewish school in Toulouse, France, on Monday, officials said.
The killings – described as “a vision of horror” by a parent of a child at the school – happened just days after three French soldiers were shot dead in two separate incidents in the area and a French government minister noted “similarities” between the incidents.
Paris prosecutors said in a statement Monday that they were opening anti-terrorism investigations into all three incidents.
The shooter fled the private Ozar Hatorah school — located in Jolimont district of Toulouse — on a black scooter, NBC News reported, citing Le Figaro newspaper; other reports described the vehicle as a motorbike. Several other people were injured, two of them seriously, Reuters said.
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French media said that security was being tightened at all Jewish schools in the country.