Former Student Kills at Least 12 Children in Brazilian Elementary School Shooting

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A former student opened fire on Thursday in a public elementary school in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, killing at least 12 children before taking his own life, authorities have stated.

The gunman has been identified as Wellington Oliveira. He has been reported to be a former student of the school. His age has been reported to be either 23 or 24 years old. The school was Tasso da Silveira school, and the incident began around 8:30 AM local time. About 400 people were inside the school when the shooting began. The school serves grades one through eight.

Oliveira entered the school by telling staff members he was there to give a lecture. The incident began as Oliveira opened fire on two boys, shooting one in the head and one in the arm. Oliveira was carrying two loaded 38-caliber revolvers . The dead victims, to this point, have been said to be 10 girls between the ages of 12 and 14 and one boy. Oliveira reported shouted, during his rampage, "I'm going to kill you all!"

Oliveira was reportedly carrying the aforementioned revolvers, along with an ammunition belt.

Hercilei Antunes, a postman who lives opposite the Tasso de Silveira school said, “I saw a load of injured kids, bleeding kids. I saw a dead guy inside. I heard more than 30 shots. My daughter was inside."

Officials told O Globo that 18 children were hospitalized after Thursday's shooting. O Globo added the Oliveira left a suicide note. It including a reference indicating that he had contracted the AIDS virus. The letter also explained in great detail how the gunman wanted his corpse cared for. No one, he said, who was "impure" should touch his body unless wearing gloves.

Oliveira wanted his body to be bathed and wrapped in a white sheet that he left, in a bag, in the first room where he said (in the letter) that he would begin shooting. He added, "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."

Via: MSNBC, Telegraph

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