The Washington Times - March 19, 2012, 01:22PM

National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said the United States was deeply saddened to learn of the killing of four people in a shooting at a Jewish school in Toulouse, France, on Monday morning.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of the victims, and we stand with a community in grief,” Mr. Vietor said in a statement Monday. “We join the government of France in condemning this unprovoked and outrageous act of violence in the strongest possible terms.”


French police are searching for the gunman and suspect he is also responsible for the slaying of three French soldiers in two separate incidents over the past eight days.

The first shooting in the region took place March 11, when a 30-year-old staff sergeant was killed behind a school in Toulouse, and the second took place Thursday when three French soldiers in uniform were shot at at a shopping mall in Montauban, north of Toulouse.

French police said similar ammunition was used in both shootings.

Then on Monday, an unknown assailant shot a teacher, his two children and another child outside the Ozar Hatorah school in Toulouse.