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Five people, including a young girl, have been shot in a forest in the Alps, French authorities said.
All five were initially reported to be dead, but the girl, believed to 7-years-old, is now reported to be in critical condition in a hospital, according to a local prosecutor.
An official with the regional administration for the Haute-Savoie region says three of the bodies were found in a BMW registered in Britain. A 4-year-old girl was found unharmed in the car.
The Sipa news agency says the 7-year-old girl was found alive with bullet wounds on a forest road.
It happened in a forest near Chevaline, near Annecy lake, in Haute-Savoie.
The initial reports said a cyclist discovered the girl, the three bodies in the car and a fourth body, of a cyclist, lying nearby.
Reports from the scene said the bodies were riddled with bullets. Police are calling it an "assassination."
- Man named locally as former police officer Eric Devouassoux, 48, arrested
- Second man arrested in Talloires, a village on Lake Annecy
- The two friends are described as 'suspected arms traffickers'
- Saad al-Hilli was shot dead in September 2012 with his wife and her mother
- Murders happened in a woodland car park close to the village of Chevaline
- Innocent bystander French cyclist Sylvain Mollier was also gunned down
- Saad's brother Zaid arrested but had his bail cancelled by British police
A former policeman arrested in connection with the murder of a British family in the French Alps had a violent temperament and did not ‘like foreigners’, prosecutors revealed last night.
Eric Devouassoux, 48, a trained marksman, hoarded Second World War weapons at his home close to where the murders took place near Lake Annecy in September 2012.
Police also uncovered a trove of ‘ammunition, explosives and detonators’ at the home of his ‘friend’, an unnamed middle-aged Frenchman, who attempted to flee when police visited him.