Neighbours still wait for compensation after damages incurred from 'Toulouse Killer' shoot-out
Five months after the ‘Toulouse Killer’ Mohamed Merah was shot dead after a 32-hour shootout with police, neighbours are still waiting for compensation to the damage they incurred. According to a report by the French paper Le Parisien, residents have been left to pay for reparations to bullet holes, broken windows and in some cases, psychological treatment.
Mabilla, a man in his forties, was left with a damaged computer and television. Since he works from home, waiting for insurance to cover the costs was not an option, so he forked over the 800 Euros. He said he is still waiting for the State to deal with his file. In the mean time, he still has two bullets stuck in his shutters, and one in his wall.
Léonie, a young server, was left with a car riddled with bullets. Her insurer had initially estimated the costs to be at 500 Euros, but in fact it amounted to 2,800 Euros. While she waits for reimbursement from the State, she has already missed a month of work.
One mother said she has had to start paying for weekly trips to the psychologist for her daughter of four years. “It should have been paid for [by the State], but I finally had to pay for it out of my pocket, and now I just want to leave Toulouse”, admits the mother.
Damages aside, the apartment building has also become a new tourist destination. “Regularly now, people in their cars will stop here to take photos, and touch the walls to see if there are still some bullets” said the concierge of the building.
In mid-March, Mohamed Merah shot dead seven people, three French paratroopers, three children and a Jewish teacher. He was killed in the shoot-out.