A 17-year-old boy has been arrested by the police. The boy was arrested in southern French town of Grasse after at least two people were hurt in a shooting that took place in a school.
The boy was a student in the school. He is said to have been armed with three guns and two grenades. He unleashed the attack in Tocqueville high school.
One of the injured victims in the attack was the headmaster. The police say that he seems to have been a target.
The Anti-terrorist commandos from the elite Raid force were sent to the scene to manage the attack.
The regional president Christian Atrosi said that the exact conditions that were around the shooting are not yet clear. Atrosi statement has been released amidst the many conflicting reports that has been spread.
One of the student said that they heard four gunshots. Another student said that they heard three loud bangs before they turned and saw a shooter.
Juliette Meadel, who is the government minister for victim’s affairs said that all the students were safe. She also said that her thoughts were with the parents of the two victims who were injured in the attack.
The police authorities are yet to identify how many shooters were present at the school. The local media said that there were a second shooter who was on the run.
Many media outlets have said that there was only one shooter.
Pierre-Henry Brandet, who is the Interior ministry spokesman told BFMTV that rescue operations were still underway and that the second attacker was still being pursued.
The interior ministry issued a terror alert. However, it appears as if the attacker does not have any connection to any extremist groups.
Grasse is the capital of France’s perfume industry. It is located around 44km from the city of Nice. There was a lorry that took place in July, killing 86 people.
France has remained under a state of emergency after a string of deadly attacks in the 18 months.<<Back