Bodies found in UK-registered car in Alps after shootings

Thu, Sep 6, 2012, 01:00

Three people have been found shot dead in a British-registered people carrier in the French Alps while a critically injured young girl is in hospital, officials in France said last night.

The British foreign office was looking into the incident, which also left a fourth person, a male cyclist, dead from gunshot wounds. The bodies of the three people, two women and a man were found in the BMW in a car park on the outskirts of a forest. Forensic experts are travelling from Paris to the scene near Lake Annecy in the Haute-Savoie region, which is popular with tourists.

Annecy prosecutor Eric Maillaud said the young girl, found wounded on a road near the village of Chevaline, is aged between six and seven years old. She is in a critical condition in a Grenoble hospital.

No weapon has been found but the area was left littered with bullet cartridges.

Mr Maillaud said: “We don’t know the nationality of these people. The car is an English car, we are sure of that, but we don’t know their nationality.” – (PA)