French school shooting injures 8 people, 1 student arrested

At least 8 students were hurt in a school shooting in the southern French town of Grasse on Thursday, March 16. The main suspect, a 17-year-old boy, have been arrested by the police. The suspect, who has not been identified, was reportedly armed with rifle, a handgun, a revolver and two grenades when he entered the Alexis de Tocqueville School and started shooting, primarily targeting the head teacher. Luckily no one was killed but the injured, including the head teacher, have to be taken to the hospital for treatment.

Local authorities are still looking as to the motive behind the attack but terrorism is believed to have been initially ruled out. A team of anti-terrorism commando was immediately dispatched to the crime scene and arrested the assailant. He will be facing a string of attempted murder charges. Meanwhile, students praised the head teacher for remaining ‘cool’ throughout the ordeal despite getting hurt. He was shot in the arm. “He kept trying to bring him back to reason,” one student recalled. Another witness said he saw the suspect firing his shotgun into the air in the playground around lunchtime. The teachers immediately ordered them to stay inside their rooms while waiting for the police to arrive. “He was shooting through the classroom windows overlooking the playground. When I saw that, I ran away,” narrated one student. French President Francois Hollande had urged the public to remain vigilant and stay under the state of emergency despite the attack not being linked to terrorism.
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