School Shooter Injures 3 in France

Suspect, a student, is in custody
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 16, 2017 10:28 AM CDT
Rare School Shooting in France Injures 3
In this image from TV, police cordon off the area as people gather to view the nearby high school in Grasse, southern France.   (Uncredited)

A high school principal and two others were shot by a 17-year-old student in France Thursday, the AP reports. The shootings took place at the Alexis de Tocqueville school in the southern French town of Grasse. A police official says in addition to the three wounded in the shooting, five other people are being treated for shock. None of the injuries are life-threatening and all other students are now safe. The shooter has been arrested for possessing weapons.

The official said there did not appear to be any other suspects, although police are working to "remove all doubt." The official, from the national police, was not authorized to be publicly named. Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said it is too early to know the motives for the attack. School shootings are rare in France, which remains under a state of emergency after deadly attacks in Paris in 2015 and an attack last year in Nice. (Read more school shooting stories.)

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