Europe 1 with AFP 11:28 a.m., July 05, 2022, modified at 11:28 a.m., July 05, 2022

A 55-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman, both teachers at a college in Tarbes, were shot dead in a village in the Hautes-Pyrénées.

The alleged perpetrator "is on the run", said the Tarbes prosecutor's office, which opened an investigation for double homicide.

The motives for these crimes are currently unknown.

A man and a woman, both teachers in a college in Tarbes, were shot dead in a small village in the Hautes-Pyrénées, we learned on Tuesday from the prosecution, which opened an investigation for double homicide.

The alleged perpetrator "is on the run, he could not be arrested for the moment," Tarbes prosecutor Pierre Aurignac told AFP, without giving details of his identity.

Investigation opened for double homicide

The woman, who was 32, was found late Monday afternoon lying in a street in Pouyastruc by neighbors who alerted the gendarmes.

Arrived on the spot, the latter discovered a 55-year-old man, deceased in his house, a few meters further.

At this point, the prosecutor refused to give details on the possible motivations for these crimes and it is not known what the connection between the two professors was.

The investigation, for double homicide, was entrusted to the research brigade of Tarbes and the research section of Toulouse, underlined Pierre Aurignac.

The autopsies of the victims will be performed in the coming days at the Forensic Institute of Toulouse.

Psychological support cell in the teachers' establishment

In the Desaix college in Tarbes, where the fifty-year-old was a physical education teacher and his colleague a French teacher, a psychological support unit was set up on Tuesday to welcome teachers, students and parents of students in shock.

Monday's double homicide took place at the same time as the school's prom.

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