A high school student in southern France was arrested on Thursday after he wounded at least three people while armed with guns and grenades at the Alexis de Tocqueville High School.
A student at the Alexis de Tocqueville High School in Grasse, France, has been arrested after he wounded at three people. Police have confirmed that the shooting took place early Thursday and that the gunman was believed to have been targeting the headmaster, who was shot.
The shooter has been identified as Killian Barbey, 16.
The alleged shooter was arrested with a rifle, two handguns, and two grenades. The suspect is 16.
Barbey is said to have watched several American mass shooting videos before his own attack.
As of now, no motive is known. Regional president Christian Atrosi said the “precise circumstances” surrounding the shooting remain unclear. Local officials are not defining the incident as a terrorist attack.
The government, using its mobile alert, sent out an attack alert and warned people in the area to stay inside, according to the BBC. The alert system was put in place following the tragic November 2015 attacks in Paris.
The shooting comes on the same day that a letter bomb exploded at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) office in Paris.
Alexis de Tocqueville High School
Alexis de Tocqueville High School is a military school in Grasse, France. The school takes its name from Alexis Charles Henri Clérel, Viscount de Tocqueville, a French diplomat, political scientist and historian from the 1800’s.