Published: Fri, March 17, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Several hurt in French school shooting

Several hurt in French school shooting

A 17-year-old armed with a rifle, a handgun, a revolver and two grenades entered the school at about lunchtime and opened fire at the principal.

A French Interior Ministry spokesman indicated "eight people have been injured, including those with shock".

France is still in a state of emergency after a series of terror attacks including the massacre in Paris in November 2015, claimed by the Islamic State group, and a truck attack in Nice, just 40 kilometres (25 miles) from Grasse, in July a year ago.

Police say the headmaster seems to have been a target, and is among the injured.

A man carrying several weapons attacked the Tocqueville school during the morning.

The source said: "One of the two was arrested and the second fled".

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Local TV BFM suggested a gunman shot at the headteacher of the school. The suspect, who was a student at the high school, reportedly had problems with some of his classmates.

There are conflicting reports about whether or not there is a second shooter on the loose. Earlier in the day, a letter bomb had exploded at the headquarters of the International Monetary Fund in Paris. The Berlin parcel contained chemicals often used in fireworks and could have caused "serious injuries" if someone had opened it, Berlin police said.

There was panic at the school as some pupils escaped to a local supermarket and rumours spread quickly of an attack.

While French authorities sent out a terror alert, Le Monde also reported that the suspect was not previously known by officials and there was no link to terrorism.

School shootings are rare in France, which remains under a state of emergency after deadly Islamic extremist attacks.

The terror alert came in a system implemented by the government after the deadly November 2015 attacks in Paris.

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