France: Three Injured In School Shooting, Teenage Boy Arrested

Four people were injured in a school in France after a 17-year-old opened fire at Tocqueville High School. The shooting, which left two students and the principal injured, happened during lunchtime.

The 17-year-old suspect opened fire at around 12:40 local time but was quickly arrested by police. Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem told reporters that the suspect was fragile. She added that it was a crazy act by a youth who is unstable and fascinated by guns. The Education Minister also praised the principal’s actions, describing it as heroic.

Police Arrest Suspect

The teenage boy arrested was reportedly armed with a rifle, two grenades and two handguns. Police were quickly sent to the scene but the principal also tried to stop the teenage boy before authorities arrived. According to the Education Minister, the principal tried to talk with the suspect.

It was first reported that there may have been a second shooter in the school and while that hasn’t been confirmed, Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said earlier today they had not ruled it out.

Principal Tries To Calm Him Down

The principal, who according to the Education Minister tried to reason with the suspect, was shot in the arm. A student told a local newspaper that the principal continued to talk to the suspect and try to calm him down even after he was injured.

A few other students suffered minor injuries as they tried to flee from the shooter. Some students hid in classrooms while others left the area. After the shooting, crowds stood nearby to receive more news. No one was seriously injured and a local prosecutor confirmed the shooting had no connection to terrorism. The suspect, who was a student at the high school, reportedly had problems with some of his classmates. The suspect reportedly put up no resistance when arrested.