French police hunt school killer

Gunman opened fire outside Jewish school in city of Toulouse
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French police scoured southwestern France on Tuesday to find a gunman who shot dead three children and a rabbi at a Jewish school in the city of Toulouse, prompting President Nicolas Sarkozy to put the region on its highest terrorism alert. (Getty Images)
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More than 100 police officers were dispatched to the area to hunt for the gunman, who is also a prime suspect in the killing of three soldiers in two separate shootings last week in Toulouse and the nearby town of Montauban, to the north. (Getty Images)
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Security was tightened in Toulouse, guards were posted at religious sites and the terror alert level raised to scarlet, meaning 'imminent attack', for the Midi-Pyrenees region. (Getty Images)
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Sarkozy said the killings at the school and those of the soldiers, one of Caribbean and two of Muslim origin, appeared to be motivated by racism. (Getty Images)
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"In attacking Jewish teachers and children, there seems to be an obvious anti-Semitic motivation," he said late on Monday. "With the soldiers ... one can imagine that the bloodthirsty madness was linked to racism." (Getty Images)
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Police had not named a suspect but said they were searching the city of around one million for a man they believed could be a trained marksman, as well as the Yamaha motorbike he used to flee. The shooter's face was hidden by a motorcycle helmet during the attack. (Getty Images)
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A female witness told French television the gunman appeared to have a tattoo on his face when he lifted his visor. (AFP/Getty Images)
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One weapon, a powerful automatic handgun, had been used both in the school attack and last week's shootings of the soldiers.\n\nIn the school attack the victims were a 30-year-old rabbi, his two children aged four and five, and a girl aged seven. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Video surveillance footage at the school showed the gunman shooting one child at close range in the head, before fleeing on a motorcycle, said Nicolas Yardeni, regional head of the French Jewish umbrella association, CRIF. (Getty Images)
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Police said the man's motorcycle, which they had identified by its license plate, had been purchased last May. They were also looking into the possibility that the gunman could be one of three soldiers dismissed from the army in 2008 for neo-Nazi activities, magazine Le Point reported. (Getty Images)