The gunman is believed to be the father of the children
Two young children shot dead in France
Two young children have been shot dead at a train station in France.
The attack is not being treated as terrorist related, but has shocked the local area.
At around 11.30am, a woman and two children, who are believed to be aged between three and five-years-old, were attacked outside Noyon train station.
It is believed the children and the woman, who is believed to be their mother, were trying to leave the city.
The gunman is believed to be the children’s father, according to local press. It is understood that after the attack the gunman turned the weapon on himself.
It is unclear if the gunman also killed another member of the family, a man. If so, five people have died in the attack.
“'I climbed the stairs leading to the docks when I heard shots,” a witness who did not wish to be named said.
“I saw four bodies on the ground. I then took a little girl with me to put her in safety.
“There was a black automatic pistol on the ground. With a passerby, we ran. I was afraid that the man on the ground would revive and shoot again.”
Local press reports that a fifth person presented as a witness of the scene, is sought by police.