Toulouse chief rabbi stunned by fatal shooting at school
By GIL STERN STERN SHEFLER
March 19, 2012 12:23
Rabbi Avraham Weill, the chief rabbi of the southern French city of Toulouse, was at a loss for words on Monday after news broke that four people were shot dead by an unknown gunman outside a local Jewish school.
"It's difficult to express what we're going through," said the religious leader over the phone from France. "I know the dead and wounded personally."
Weill, who became chief rabbi almost two years ago, said he was informed of what had happened just as he was leaving his synagogue. He said he was told the assailant opened fire from his scooter and fled and did enter the school, as some reports claimed.
"We are in a state of misery today," the 29-year-old rabbi said.
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