Gunman opens fire near nursery school

March 21, 2009 9:24:46 AM PDT
A gunman shot at people near a nursery school in the French city of Lyon on Friday, injuring 10 adults but no children, authorities said. Police surrounded the area and were attempting to find out where the shots originated.

The shooting some 30 yards (meters) from the Harmony nursery and elementary school occurred just as parents were coming to collect their children late Friday morning. Some parents were among the injured, said Anne Le Scanff, spokeswoman for the Lyon school district.

She said a man fired a shotgun at passers-by but was not aiming at the school.

"The children were in class ... they weren't aware of what happened," Le Scanff said. "The situation is under control."

However, Le Scanff said police had not yet located the gunman and the school's afternoon session has been canceled.

Five of the 10 injured received light wounds, and the others suffered even less significant injuries, said Raphaelle Padovani, a spokeswoman for the regional prefecture.

She said the injured were being treated. There was no immediate information on the nature of the injuries.

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