Shooting At High School In Southern France, Police Say

(Thursday, March 16th, 2017 09:20 AM)

A student armed with guns and grenades was arrested after a shooting wounded at least two people at a high school in southern France on Thursday, local media reported.

Police confirmed the shooting unfolded at the Alexis de Tocqueville high school in Grasse. A gunman targeted the headmaster, who was one of the two people hurt, police sources told BFM-TV.

The arrested student carried a rifle, two handguns and two grenades, a police source told Reuters, adding that the suspect was 17.

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Police initially warned a second suspect may have been on the loose, BFM-TV added. A motive was unclear.

The arrested student carried a rifle, two handguns and two grenades, a police source told Reuters, adding that the suspect was 17.

Police initially warned a second suspect may have been on the loose, BFM-TV added. A motive was unclear.

The government sent out an attack alert through its mobile app, warning people in the area to stay inside, the BBC reported. The alert came in a system implemented by the government after the deadly November 2015 attacks in Paris.

The shooting took place the same day a letter bomb exploded at the International Monetary Fund office in Paris, some 500 miles north of Grasse, a hub for the country’s perfume industry.

France remains in a state of emergency following the Paris massacre and an attack last year in the city of Nice, which is 25 miles away from Grasse.

(AP)

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