11 students die in Brazil school shooting; police kill suspect
A large crowd of concerned adults gathers outside the Rio de Janeiro school where 10 students were killed Thursday.
April 7th, 2011
03:43 PM ET

11 students die in Brazil school shooting; police kill suspect

[Update 3:43 p.m.] The number of students killed in a shooting rampage inside a school Thursday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has risen to 11, Rio de Janeiro's health secretary said.

Thirteen students remain injured, including four in critical condition, he said.

[Update 11:33 a.m.] A shooting rampage inside a school in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, killed 10 students before the suspect was fatally shot by police, the country's health minister said.

The student victims were nine girls and one boy, the health ministry told CNN. Eighteen others, 12 boys and six girls, were wounded. the government said.

Earlier reports erroneously stated that 13 had died at the Tasso da Silveira Municipal School.

[Update 10:47 a.m.] The suspect in the fatal shootings of at least 13 students and personnel of a school in Rio de Janeiro died after being shot by authorities, the state-run Agencia Brasil reported Thursday. He was identified as Wellington Menezes de Oliveira, 24, a former student at the school.

[Posted 10:08 a.m.] At least 13 people, both children and adults, were killed Thursday in a school shooting in Rio de Janeiro, CNN affiliate Record TV reported, citing civil police.

The incident happened at the Tasso da Oliveira Municipal School.

According to Record TV, a 24- or 25-year-old man entered the school in the morning armed with two handguns and opened fire on children and school personnel.

As the man fled, he ran into military police who were responding to the scene. There was a confrontation, and the man was shot, the state-run Agencia Brasil news agency reported. The man and the injured victims were taken to a hospital, the agency reported.

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  1. aline

    gente o q esta acontecendo com o nosso pais?
    ate quando vamos ser noticias para o mundo com coisas assim?
    acho isso muitooo triste!
    A policia atirou nas pernas dele e ele se matou!
    um menino q nao foi contato nos mortos, morreu a pouco no hospital.
    fora as outras criancas q estao gravemente feridas!

    April 7, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. rp from rio

    Latest update
    29 victems including ones from street
    12 dead...another girl passed away

    new update
    fireman on the seen stated gunmen started rampage near school shooting kids in school scose on the street. kids ran to a military police trafic stop to report what happened. those MP where first on the scene and killed gunmen on his way to the third floor.

    Just an update
    shooter was a ex-student there
    11 total killed including shooter and 9 girls 1 boy
    20 kids in hospitals to remove bullets from face
    shooter found with 100 rounds and a quick loader
    was killed by first militay police officer to arrive

    simalar to columbine massacre

    April 7, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sarai

    O Hemorio precisa de doações de sangue p vítimas do ataque na escola. Vá ao Hemorio (R Frei Caneca,8) ou ligue no Disk Sangue:0800 2820708

    April 7, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Marco Almeida

    It´s very sad to watch this kind of insanity happens in our country, we are a nation very peacefull, it´s not more an American nighmare, I agree, It´s a world wide nighmare, we have to stop that, we have to exterminate that!!!!
    I don´t know if is really fault the Slamism, but we watch so many people doing these crimes in name of Slam, so I think the World leaders should make something about it. It happens in USA, Europe, Asia and now here in South America in Brazil!
    WHy? I don't believe that God is the answer, but I see insame people making these crimes in his name, murders and Slamism, they should be stopped!
    God bless these families in Brazil that lost their children and bless all the families world wide too, especially in USA.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark989

      Brazil is very peaceful? Compared to what, Iraq?
      Absolutely not true if compared to all the 1st and developing world.
      The % of deaths for Brazil per 100k people are some of the highest rates in the world.
      The police freely admit they torture and kill.
      20% of all suspects arrested by Rio policemen do not arrive to the precinct alive.
      The rate of death in the favelas for children are equal to war areas.
      Criminals burn public buses full of men,women, children and senior citizens.
      The rate of injured and killed on the roads is 10 times higher than the USA with 9x fewer vehicles.
      Either you are ignorant of the facts or are intentionally spreading misinformation.
      I live in Brazil (unfortunately) it is very violent here and the thing is it is all Brazilians, very little new blood or immigrants come to live in Brazil.
      Between 1998-2001 3M Brazilans left brazil, only 100k people came in. Subtract from that 100k Angolans & Timorese fleeing civil war, wanted criminals which Brasil welcomes and businessmen ordered to Brasil for their jobs. Whats left?
      The USA on the other-hand is full of new immigrants and illegal aliens & Blacks that are responsible for the majority of crime as a percentage of their population..

      April 7, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Glaucio

    People, this is not Islamic fundamentalist fanatic, this is just a madman who was with the HIV virus. Just another coward killing children in the name of his insanity and weakness. I am Brazilian and tell all my indignation to these facts anywhere.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. H. Ferreira

    For once, being a Portuguese-American and knowing how to read Portuguese has been useful today, but in a very tragic, heartbreaking way. Todo do Portugal chora por você hoje, Brasilia. Sê corajosa, a nossa filha. Sê corajosa. 🙁

    April 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Diana

    People want to take their pain + negative emotions out on others. It is a true coward who does this with children. The people who are truly unable to fight back.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. blogging?

    i'm with y'all, this derp character is very sick and twisted.

    this is so horribly tragic. more and more of these nightmarish things are happening everywhere. how can we collectively join together to help stop these evil tragedies? it's so bad, i'm afraid to even let my grandchildren play in the backyard without being there, the whole time, watching over them. and when they are at schools, malls, public places (when their parents or i'm not with them) i worry constantly. these things haunt me always.

    i pray for these children and their families.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. blogging?

    yes, this derp individual is very sick and twisted. ignore him.

    this is a tragic nightmare. more and more of this is happening everywhere. how can we collectively join together to help stop these things? is there a way? it's so bad i will not let my younger grandchildren play in the backyard without me watching over them the whole time. and when the older grandchildren are at public places alone, i worry, worry, worry.
    and i always felt, in the past, the school was the "safe" place. now, over the past years, i'm even afraid to know they are alone at school.

    i pray for these children and their families. words cannot do justice to how my heart aches for them.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. rodrigo

    horror that live in Brazil sao paulo ... this anger toward the killer left brazoleiros.
    fikei knowing when I was in school studying in the morning could be with migo: s most well seen in the newspaper of record tv he said so in the letter said que"ele not going out live over q it wanted to be buried in his pardon adoptive parent eq he had taken a lens blank that he wanted to be taken, also said that he lived to forgive her about 3 blocks away .......
    I'm angry and more hate we have to move on ....
    until now was 13 dead and 10 wounded reseber if I post more news on the blog ... ok

    April 7, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mari

    Stop saying stupid things! I'm brazilian and if you're reading the news you know this tragedy has nothing to do with religion or "american nightmare"! It's all about a sick person, a psychopath... and there are people like this, everywhere! there's violence everywhere!!! Tragedies like these can happen in any country... unfortunatelly!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tomaso de Feira

    @blogging. We don't need your sympathies, you americans are to blame, you are the cause of this, you people shud be in cages

    April 7, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mully

      Do Brazilian's hate American's? Not sure about your comments ... I'm Canadian and can understand why America could be blamed for getting involved in the middle east etc...fill me in

      April 7, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Amanda

    this news is wrong. the man was not killed by the police but committed suicide after making shots.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Amanda

    he was not a terrorist, he acted for religious motives, but for delusional behavior.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Amanda

    I totally agree with Priscila. Lets be sensible, please.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
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