The shooter pulled up on a motorcycle outside the Ozar Hatorah school on Monday morning and shot Rabbi Jonathan Sandler and six children. Sandler and three of the children died,. Three others were seriously wounded.
The bodies are now headed to Israel for burial. The coffins were taken to Paris via military aircraft for a brief closed ceremony, where the victims were honored by President Sarkozy and Prime Minister Fillon. The coffins will arrive in Israel tomorrow, and be buried in a Jerusalem cemetery.
The shooter, who arrived and fled from the Ozar Hatorah school on a scooter or a motorcycle, "shot at everything he could see," according to local prosecutor Michel Valet. The head of a French-Jewish association who saw closed-circuit television footage of the attack said the shooter could be seen "running after children," and then catching up with them and shooting one in the head.
The dead included Rabbi Sandler, who taught at the school, his 3- and 6-year-old sons Gabriel and Arieh, and the school headmaster's 8-year-old daughter, according to the Israeli newspaper Ynet. Sandler, a French-Israeli national, had left Israel last September to begin a two-year teaching stint at the school, according to the Le Parisien newspaper.
On Sunday, March 11, a paratrooper out of uniform was killed by a gunman on a motorbike outside of a gym in a suburb of Toulouse.
On Thursday, March 15, two soldiers were killed and a third wounded by a shooter on a scooter as they used an ATM in Montauban, about 30 miles away.
All three soldiers who died were of North African origin, while the wounded soldier was of Caribbean descent.