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08 April 2011 :: 14:04:14 pm 52678

Gunman Shot Dead 12 Brazilian Students

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – A gunman shot dead 12 students and wounded 11 others before taking his own life at a public elementary school in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday
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The death toll accounted for 10 girls and two boys, including a 13-year-old boy who died later in the hospital.
At least 18 other people, mostly students, were injured, said Rio state Health Secretary Sergio Cortes, adding a minimum of four was in critical conditions.

Three helicopters landed and departed from a nearby football field, transporting the wounded to hospitals.
The gunman, Wellington Menezes de Oliveira, 23, was a former student at the Tasso da Silveira school, situated in a working-class neighbourhood in western Rio.

The motive of the shooting was unknown but authorities said the gunman left an incoherent letter at the scene indicating he wanted to kill himself.

Rio is a city full of drug-gang violence but school shootings are rare, Police Chief Martha Rocha told a news conference.
The gunman had no criminal history, she added.

According to chief Rocha, the shooter walked into the school with two firearms and an ammunition belt, firing off at least 30 rounds.

The shooting began at about 8:30 a.m. local time (6:30 a.m. CDT; 1130 GMT) in the school of about 400 people.

Two young boys ran up to two police officers on patrol about two blocks away from the school.

The two officers sprinted to the school. One officer located the gunman on the second floor and traded shots with him.
“He saw me and aimed a gun at me,” said officer Marcio Alves.

“I shot him in the legs, he fell down the stairs and then shot himself in the head,” Alves continued.

Rio Mayor, Eduardo Paes said life at the four-story, pastel-yellow and green school was turned into a “hellish nightmare.”
“This day would have been so much worse if it weren’t for the hero policeman,” Paes told reporters.

Authorities closed the school temporarily while they investigate, but Paes said it would reopen.

Rio Governor, Sergio Cabral called the shooter a “psychopath.”

The governor said the investigation would continue, although nobody else seemed to be involved in the shooting.

“We have to investigate where he got the weapons and where he learned to use them,” the governor said.

Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff lamented the deaths of “defenceless children.”

“I ask for one minute of silence for these children who were taken so early from their life,” she said.

Her voice cracked and eyes welled up with tears as she added, “It’s not in the nature of our nation to have these types of crimes.

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