On Monday, March 19th, a gunman killed four people outside of Ozar Hatorah, a Jewish school in France. The four victims were a rabbi, his two children, and the daughter of the school’s director. The killings have left the entire country in a state of fear that more terrorism is to come.
The gunman is alleged to have been filming the shooting of his victims with a video camera that was attached to his chest. Officials were led to this conclusion by reviewing the school’s security cameras that had caught the entire attack on film. The school security cameras also helped officials link this killing spree to two earlier shootings of French paratroopers based on the method used by the attacker. In all three cases a gunman was spotted wearing a motorcycle helmet, killing with a .45-caliber automatic pistol, and then escaping on a motorbike. Unfortunately, this is not a lot to go on when you are trying to figure out the identity of a murderer.
Authorities have raised the nation’s terrorism alert level to “scarlet”, which is the highest level. News reports explain that this alert level “gives security forces wide powers that include the authority to close some public places like railroad stations and deploy mixed patrols of police officers and soldiers.”
The Paris prosecutor’s office is handling the investigation and believes that the killer specifically targets his victims based on “what they represent.” Assuming that the killer is the same for all three attacks, he has attacked Jewish, black, and Arab members of the community.
What should the next step be for the prosecutor’s office to narrow down the potential suspects? Is the “scarlet” terrorism alert level enforcement enough to protect the country, or should they be doing even more? Should other neighboring countries step in to help, considering they may be next on the attackers hit list?
SOURCE: The New York Times