Montpellier, France, Nov 25, 2016 / 09:45 am America/Denver (CNA).
An attack at a French retirement home for missionaries to Africa late on Thursday has left dead one caregiver. The residents have been evacuated and are now safe, but the perpetrator is still at large.
The attacker, armed with a shotgun and a knife, entered the retirement community of Green Oaks in Montferrier-sur-Lez, six miles north of Montpellier, the night of Nov. 24.
The Montpellier prosecutor, Christophe Barret, has said the attack is not believed to be linked to Islamist terrorism, but was a “local” crime with an identified suspect who has ties to the home, the BBC reports.
The community, home to 60 residents, is run by the Society of African Missions. Most residents are members of the Society of African missions, though there are some members of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Apostles and a few laywomen.
Police were notified of the attack after a nurse escaped the scene. The attacker had fled, however. He had stabbed to death one woman, who was 54.