Police forces let girls walk off the scene of a shooting. EPA
Teen held over France school shooting; 4 hurt
PARIS, March 17, 2017
French police arrested a 16-year-old student who opened fire at a high school in the town of Grasse on Thursday, wounding three other students and the principal who tried to intervene, a report said.
The suspect, identified by the Interior Ministry spokesman as Killian Barbey, opened fire at Alexis de Tocqueville high school at about 12:40 local time (11:40 GMT), the ABC News report added.
The government minister for victims' affairs, Juliette Meadel, told BFM television there four people, including three students and the high school principal, were shot.
The Grasse prosecutor said some of the victims were suffering from "emotional shock." None of the injuries was considered life threatening.
Prosecutor Fabienne Atzori said the young man — armed with a rifle, several pistols and a small grenade — entered a classroom then left, "not finding the person or people he was searching for."
"The motivation of the student appears linked to bad relations with other students in this high school in which it appears he had some difficulty integrating," Atzori said.
She said there was no reason to suspect the shootings were terrorism-related, "whatever the origin of the terrorist enterprise."