A 17-year-old student was arrested in Grasse, France today after entering his school armed to the teeth with rifles and grenades, shooting at his classmates and injuring his principal.
Though this was not considered to be a terrorist incident yet, as authorities are still interviewing the suspect, France did raise its terror alert level. This is an increasing trend in France and immigration rises and so do the levels of violent crime.
The unnamed student was armed with a rifle, a handgun, a revolver and two grenades. He entered the Alexis de Tocqueville school at about lunchtime and began shooting at the head teacher on duty.
CNN has more:
A 17-year-old student has been arrested after a shooting at a high school in Grasse, in southeastern France, authorities said Thursday.The principal and three students were physically injured in the shooting, according to Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem. Several others were taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries and counseling, she said.The student, armed with a rifle, a handgun, a revolver and two grenades, entered the Alexis de Tocqueville school at about lunchtime and opened fire at the head teacher, CNN’s French affiliate BFMTV reported.The shooting was an “act of madness by an unstable young man fascinated by weapons,” Vallaud-Belkacem said.The mayor of Grasse, Jérôme Viaud, told reporters that he knew the family of the young man.“This is a very difficult moment for the city of Grasse,” Viaud said.The pupil arrested wasn’t known to police, the spokesman said. Authorities said the attack was not considered a terrorism incident.Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux said an investigation had been opened into the incident and that the student was being questioned. He praised the response of staff at the school, saying they had acted quickly to protect students and alert security forces.People were injured by weapons and the movement of crowds through the school, he said.