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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 5:44 pm    Post subject: Gunman kills at least 12 children at Brazil school Reply with quote

Sigh....another sad and tragic event. Anyone know anything, please post away. I just found this browsing on MSNBC.


Quote:
RIO DE JANEIRO— A 23-year-old former
student returned to his public elementary
school Thursday with two guns and began
firing, killing at least 12 children as he
shouted, "I'm going to kill you all!"

The man then fatally shot himself in the head
after being wounded by police.

It was the worst school shooting in Brazil —
and would have been deadlier if the gunman
had not been shot in the leg by a police officer.

Eleven girls and one boy were killed, and at
least 11 children were wounded, the O Globo
news website in Rio de Janeiro reported.

Images taken with a cell phone and posted on
YouTube showed students fleeing wildly,
screaming for help, many with their white and
blue school shirts soaked in blood.

"He came in shooting," said Andreia Machado,
recounting what her 13-year-old daughter,
Thayane, told her before going into surgery.

Thayane was hit by three bullets and lost
feeling in her legs because one hit her spine,
said her mother. Crying as she spoke,
Machado wondered if her daughter would ever
be able to return to school — or walk.

'So many children shot, so much blood,' witness says of rampage by former student

"She's such an active child," she said. "That's
the biggest fear I have, her not being able to
walk again. But we have to trust in God."

The gunman was identified as 23-year-old
Wellington Oliveira, who had once attended
the Tasso da Silveira school in a working-class
neighborhood in western Rio.

No motive was known, but authorities said the
shooter left a rambling and mostly incoherent
letter at the scene indicating he wanted to kill
himself.

The letter also explained in detail how Oliveira
wanted his corpse to be cared for — bathed
and wrapped in a white sheet that he left in a
bag in the first room where he said he would
start shooting. The letter also states that the
gunman should not be touched by anyone
who is "impure" unless they wear gloves.

"If possible I want to be buried next to my
mother. A follower of God must visit my grave
at least once. He must pray before my grave
and ask God to forgive me for what I have
done," read the letter, portions of which were
posted on the Globo television network's
website.

Edmar Peixoto, the deputy mayor of western
Rio, said the letter also stated the gunman was
infected with the AIDS virus.

The public school was in the midst of
celebrating its 40th anniversary, and students'
handmade posters commemorating the day
could be seen through school windows.

Rio Police Chief Martha Rocha said that when
Oliveira first entered the school he told staff
members he was there to give a lecture.

Shortly afterward, he opened fire. Rocha said
he was carrying two pistols and an
ammunition belt. He fired off at least 30
rounds.

Rio is a city rife with drug-gang violence in its
vast slums, but school shootings are rare. The
gunman had no criminal history, Rocha told a
news conference.

About 400 people were inside the school
when the shooting began about 8:30 a.m. local
time. The school serves grades one through
eight.

"What happened in Rio is without a doubt the
worst incident of its kind to have taken place
in Brazil," said Guaracy Mingardi, a crime and
public safety expert at the University of Sao Paulo.

Jade Ramos, a student at the school, said the
gunman repeatedly yelled "I'm going to kill you
all!"

"He had already killed a lot of children in the
first floor and in the yard," she told the Globo
television network. "He kept telling the kids to
face the wall and was shooting at their heads.
The children kept begging, 'No, please!' There
was a lot of blood, children agonizing on the
stairs."

Ramos said she escaped by running into a
classroom, where a teacher then locked the
door and barricaded it with tables.

Police were alerted to the shooting when two
young boys, at least one with a gunshot
wound, ran up to two officers on patrol about
two blocks away. The officers sprinted to the
school and at least one quickly 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."

Marcos Silva, 11, who was in the school but
was not harmed, said the experience was "like
a horror movie."

"Everyone lay down on the ground in silence,
the teacher asked us not to make noise so the
killer wouldn't notice us," Silva said. "I thought

to myself, 'If he comes in, we're all going to
die.'"

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 at the school.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, attending
an event in the capital, Brasilia, lamented the
deaths of "defenseless children."

"I ask for one minute of silence for these
children who were taken so early from their
life," she said, her voice cracking and eyes w
elling with tears. "It's not in the nature of our
nation to have these types of crimes."

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

Terrified parents earlier rushed to the school
in the Realengo neighborhood. Television
images showed them crying and screaming for
information about their children.


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

Zilda Nunes, 67, lives across the street from
the school and said three of her grandchildren
were inside when the shooting began.

She screamed for help when she heard the
gunfire, but didn't enter the building. As
students fled, she offered them sugar water to
help calm them down, she said.

"There were so many children shot, so much
blood," Nunes said. "People were asking for
help, but what could I do?"


The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this
report.



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

*I also meant to add that it has some typical signs of all the shootings we've known in the past.
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