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Family of five killed in shooting at French farm

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A family of five have died after being shot in a suspected domestic incident at a farmhouse in northern France.

The family was found dead by three farm workers at about 8.15am on Tuesday morning.

The victims are a farming couple, both aged 47, and their three children – two boys and a girl aged 12, 18 and 20.

The incident took place on a farm near Nouvion-et-Catillon, in the Aisne region in northern France.

Image:A farming couple and their three children died in the shooting

The public prosecutor in the nearby city of Laon said officers investigating the shooting have ruled nothing out, but currently think the shooting was a "family tragedy".

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They suspect the father killed his family before turning the gun on himself in a suspected suicide.

They currently have no clues as to what caused his actions as they have not found a note.

Police officers patrol next to the house where the shooting ocured
Image:The public prosecutor in nearby Laon believes the shooting was a 'family tragedy'

The family was discovered when the farm workers became concerned that their boss had not turned up for work.

The prosecutor said the first people on the scene attempted to resuscitate two of the victims but were unsuccessful.

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