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France: 17-Year-Old Carrying Handguns & Grenades Arrested Following School Shooting

March 16, 2017

At least three people were injured during a shooting at a high school in the small southern French town of Grasse when at least one teenager opened fire on the school’s headmaster. One 17-year-old student was arrested and was reportedly carrying several handguns and grenades, according to police sources.

The headmaster at Tocqueville high school was targeted by the teenagers and is among the injured. Those injured in the attack suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

It is unclear how many shooters there were, but local media originally reported a second shooter was on the run. Some outlets reported there was only one shooter involved.

Anti-terrorist commandos from the elite RAID force were sent on site during the incident.

Local officials said several students fled to a nearby supermarket to get out of harms way.

Town residents were advised to stay inside and the French education ministry tweeted that schools in Grasse were on lockdown. The French government launched its mobile telephone application warning of a “terrorist” attack. Authorities said the attack was not terror related.

France has been under a state of emergency over the course of the past 16 months after a series of terrorist attacks, including the November 2015 attack in Paris where 130 people were killed.