Some details of the four victims killed in a shooting in the French Alps on Wednesday have emerged following a press conference held by a French public prosecutor.
The owner of the car was a 50-year-old man of Iraqi origin, who had been living in the UK for at least 10 years.
The dead cyclist has been confirmed as Sylvian Mollier, 45, a French man who lived locally.
The shooting occured near the village of Chevaline, close to the popular tourist destination of Lake Annecy in the Rhone-Alps region.
A British cyclist who has served in the Royal Air Force discovered the victims. He first came across the seriously injured seven-year-old girl near the car, before going onto see the dead French cyclist, and then finding three other victims inside the vehicle.
Fifteen spent bullet casings from an automatic weapon were found at the crime scene.
Describing the injured girl’s condition, the Annecy Public Prosecutor Eric Maillaud said: “Her health is improving slowly. However she must undergo another operation and she was put back into a coma for this new operation to take place.
“Apparently she suffered an extremely violent beating and has fractures and bruises on her skull. She also has a gunshot wound to the shoulder.”
There has been criticism of the French police who did not discover another victim, a four-year-old girl who was alive and had been hiding in the car for eight hours.
Authorities say the initial investigators did not open the vehicle because they were waiting for the forensic team.
Police from the UK’s Surrey force are helping with the French investigation and are searching the Surrey home of the dead car owner and the other victims believed to be his wife and mother.
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