According to the authorities, a Dutch neighbor in the northwestern region of France opened fire, causing the death of an 11-year-old British girl and critically wounding her father. The incident occurred in France.
According to the findings of the initial inquiry, the family was present in the garden of their home in the village of Saint-Herbot near Quimper in Brittany on Saturday night when their neighbor approached them while carrying a pistol.
In a statement released on Sunday, the public prosecutor of Quimper, Carine Halley, described the intervention of law enforcement officers as taking place “following gunfire” at approximately 10:00 pm (2000 GMT).
According to the magistrate, the body of the 11-year-old girl was discovered at the site, and her father was found to have incurred injuries that put his life in danger.
Prosecutor Halley stated that a second child was unharmed but “in a state of shock” after the incident. It was determined that the mother’s life was not in imminent danger.
The suspect, a Dutch pensioner of 71 years of age, has been identified as the gunman.
“It would appear that there had been a dispute between the two neighbors for several years over a plot of land adjoining the two properties,” Halley said, adding that the police were still attempting to uncover the motivation behind the shooting. However, the police were still investigating the incident.
AFP was told by a source within the police department that the neighbor had fired his rifle over a hedge before running away with his wife to their home.
The neighbor and his wife have both turned themselves in to the authorities and been taken into custody.
The office of the public prosecutor has initiated an inquiry into allegations of attempted voluntary manslaughter and voluntary manslaughter of a juvenile, both of which are considered to be crimes of violence.