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11 wounded in shooting near French school, nursery

Ten people were slightly injured in an air gun shooting incident near a nursery and elementary school in Lyon, France, on Friday, officials said.
Police officers from the French GIPN special forces gather in front of a nursery school in Lyon, central France, on Friday. ((Associated Press))
Eleven people were slightly injured in an air gun shooting incident near a nursery and elementary school in Lyon, France, on Friday, officials said.

Regional authorities said the shooting occurred outside the schools in the centre of the southern France city while parents were collecting their children in the late morning.

The shots appeared to come from a building opposite the schools, officials said. Police are in the area attempting to determine exactly where the shots originated and find the shooter.

It is believed that a man fired a gun at a passerby, not the nursery school, said Anne Le Scanff, spokeswoman for the Lyon school district.

Officials said in a statement that the pellets were small caliber, which would be the equivalent of those used in a BB gun.

Five of the injured received light wounds while the others received even less significant injuries, said Raphaelle Padovani, a spokesperson with the regional prefecture. No children were injured.

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

Authorities said that none of the injured had to be taken to hospital. The nursery school has been closed for the remainder of the day.

With files from the Associated Press