France Shooting

A number of people were injured in a school shooting in the Southern French town of Grasse, generating a national security alert.

One person was captured on the scene at the Lycee Alexis Tocqueville, where several people suffered gunshot wounds, along with the headmaster.

Local paper Le Dauphiné Libéré, reported that the suspect, a 17-year-old student, barged into the school armed with an array of weapons including a hunting rifle, 2 handguns, and grenades.

The president of the regional council of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Mr. Christian Estrosi, said the school’s headmaster was shot and injured but provided no additional details regarding his condition.

French School ShootingA spokesman from the local council in Grasse stated that the incident was the result of a personal dispute and terrorism was not a factor, in spite of the nationwide terror alert issued by the government.

Reuters said information from sources indicates that at least two people were wounded and that there might be a second suspect.  

All schools in the vicinity of Grasse have been placed on lockdown as a safety measure, since the shooting prompted a red alert on the nation’s Vigipirate terror warning system.

A French interior ministry spokesman announced that a “public security event” was in progress in the area and urged civilians to abide by the instructions of the authorities.

The current incident occurred soon after an explosion of an alleged parcel bomb that injured a woman at the Paris headquarters of the International Monetary Fund.