Eight hurt in shooting near French nursery school

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A man fired at air rifle at mothers going to pick up their children at a French nursery school in Lyon.

LYON – A man fired an air rifle at mothers going to pick up their children at a French nursery school Friday, slightly injuring eight people, police said.

A hunt had been launched for the gunman who fled after the shooting in the southeastern city of Lyon.

A top regional security official, Xavier de Furst, said the injuries were largely bruises and scratches, and no child was involved.

The women were targeted as they crossed a park near the school to collect their children at the midday break.

Fire services said at first that five had been hurt, including two hit in the head and one in the leg, but none needed hospital treatment.

Regional officials said the gunman also fired at a policeman who tried to intervene but he was not hurt.

A search for the man, who had not been identified, was concentrating on nearby buildings, Furst said.

"He used a compressed air weapon," he added. "A lead pellet was found at the scene."

Elite police crime-fighting squads were sent to the scene, while a security cordon was set up 150 metres round the school. Furst said psychological aid would also be provided.

AFP / Expatica

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