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Mar 21, 2012 6:33 AM by Kate Richards

France shooting suspect holes up in building

TOULOUSE, France (AP) - France's interior minister says a gunman suspected in a wave of killings has stopped talking to police, and that authorities have been monitoring him for years.

Claude Gueant was speaking Wednesday in the southern city of Toulouse, where a police raid is under way targeting the gunman. He is suspected in three shootings that killed three Jewish schoolchildren, a rabbi and three paratroopers in recent days.

The man has thrown his handgun out a window but has other weapons on him, including an AK-47 assault rifle, and has used them in volleys with police surrounding the building in this southwestern city, Gueant said.

A judicial official said that the suspect's mother, his brother and a companion of the brother were detained for questioning. The official was not authorized to speak publicly.

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