Published: Fri, March 17, 2017
Global | By Doris Richards

Shooting at high school in Grasse, France, prompts attack warning

Shooting at high school in Grasse, France, prompts attack warning

Sources close to the investigation said a highly armed intruder burst into the Alexis de Tocqueville high school and opened fire on pupils and the headmaster.

A French prosecutor has ruled out any terror motive in Thursday's high-school shooting in the south of the country.

Regional president Christian Atrosi said the "precise circumstances" around the shooting remained unclear, amid a number of conflicting reports. Police have made one arrest.

The headmaster had been injured but his injuries were not life-threatening.

The suspect, who was reportedly armed with a rifle, two handguns and two hand grenades, was arrested "very quickly" after launching the attack.

During the attack, some students hid at the school and others were evacuated.

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Another police source it was not yet possible to confirm if there was a second shooter.

Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told France Inter radio that three people had been injured and advised families to remain patient as police worked to stabilise the situation.

A police cordon was thrown up around the building in the town known as France's perfume capital due to several scent factories.

After first gunshots, students at cafeteria were seen hiding under tables or looking for exit from the scene.

Local officials say it isn't terrorist related, but the French government has issued a nationwide alert.

The attack came amid France's state of emergency, a response to a string of deadly Islamic extremist attacks over the past two years.

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