A man on a motorbike opened fire with two handguns Monday in front of a Jewish school in France and killed four people, the Associated Press said.
Authorities said the gunman arrived in front of the Jewish school in the French city of Toulouse just before 8 a.m., started shooting, and killed a rabbi, his two young sons and a schoolgirl, CNN said.
The incident at the Ozar Hatorah school was the third time during the month that an assassin on a motorcycle has fired on minorities in the region, CNN said.
The same gun, a powerful .45-caliber handgun, used in the attack on Monday was also proved to be used in the attacks earlier this month, the Associate Press said. This information fueled suspicions that a serial killer who targets not only Jews but French minorities is on the loose, the Associated Press said.
"In all three cases, the attacker came on a motorcycle, apparently alone, and then sped away," the Associated Press said.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy placed France's southwest region on the highest possible security alert level on Monday night, and informed the country that he will suspend his re-election campaign until at least that Wednesday due to the shooting, CNN said.