Four found dead after shooting in British registered car in French Alps

Dozens of police have sealed off the area near Lake Annecy, in French Alps, near the Swiss border. Photo: Twitter: @leilalamnaouer

A four-year-old girl was found alive inside a car containing three victims of a fatal shooting spree in the French Alps that is thought to have involved a British family.

Investigators discovered the unharmed youngster among the dead bodies of a man and two women after being called to the massacre in the Haute-Savoie region.

Detectives believe the victims found dead in the British-registered car were the mother, father and grandmother of the girl.

A seven-year-old girl was discovered lying on the road in a critical condition near the BMW people carrier, while a male cyclist, who had also suffered gunshot wounds, was also found dead close by.

French prosecutors said the girl of four was only found when investigators began a forensic examination of the car, with reports suggesting this was eight hours after the initial discovery.

It was also reported that she was speaking English and hiding underneath the bodies of the two women.

The vehicle was discovered surrounded by spent bullet cartridges in a car park on the outskirts of a forest near Lake Annecy, a picturesque region popular with tourists.

The two women were found dead in the back seat of the car and the man dead in the front.

Annecy prosecutor Eric Maillaud revealed the four-year-old girl was discovered in the back seat by investigators.

British consular staff arrived in Grenoble this morning and were making their way to the scene to liaise with French authorities, an FCO spokesman said.

It is believed that the man and his family were staying at a campsite in Saint-Jorioz on the edge of Lake Annecy.