Report: French police prepare to storm building

JOHANNA DECORSE
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Police officers and firefighters stand next to a building in Toulouse, France, Wednesday, March 21, 2012 where a suspect in the shooting at he Ozar Hatorah Jewish school has been spotted. French police exchanged fire and were negotiating Wednesday with the gunman who claims connections to al-Qaida and is suspected of killing three Jewish schoolchildren, a rabbi and three paratroopers. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

TOULOUSE, France (AP) — An official says French police plan to storm an apartment building shortly if a gunman suspected in seven killings and claiming allegiance to al-Qaida doesn't surrender.

Cedric Delage, regional secretary for a police union, said the suspect has promised to turn himself into police by 2:30 p.m. (1330GMT). Delage says if that doesn't happen, police will force their way in to try to take him by force.

Hundreds of riot police are surrounding the building in the southwestern city of Toulouse. They launched a raid well before dawn and a gunfight erupted, wounding three officers. They have been negotiating with the gunman for hours.

The gunman is suspected of killing three Jewish children, a rabbi and three French paratroopers in recent days.