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. Undergraduate

    I wonder how long it will take for "guns from the United States, where it is too easy to obtain them" are blamed for this.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Carlos Santana

    was that the police hit the man in the leg and own bandit killed himself
    he would walk to the next kill more children

    April 7, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff Frank - Ohio

    Este hombre is muy infermo en la cabesa. Muy mal por su pais de Brazil.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Miguel Luis

    that's mad, killing defenseless children, am really surprised to have happened in Brazil

    April 7, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. leeintulsa

    I hate when children die. I really do.

    I am glad, however, whenever some stupid thing that sometimes seems to only happen here in the great ol' US of A, happens somewhere else. Tragedies like this are symbols of people growing towards greater freedom.

    Here in America (and I'm sorry – I understand that sometimes people of S and C America get irritated with people in the US considering only themselves Americans. We're all Americans, if you ask me..), people have the right to be free. And free people are prone to do stupid things. There are some parts of the world where people aren't free to think, much less gun down fellow citizens.

    This is a terrible incident, one we know too well. I think this hemisphere pretty much rocks compared to some others.. Sure, we got the occasional high school massacre, the occasional dead body washing up somewhere or falling out of some bush.. We don't have people filling the streets, killing people over things that happen a world away. We don't have a government shooting at protestors. We don't have bombs going off in bus stations. We don't have scheduled public hangings, to which traffic is diverted whether they know what's going on or not.

    At least, in this hemisphere, the psychos are individuals, doing what the voices in their head told them to do. They are not sheep, listening to the things someone else told them to do. I read someone trying to blame this on Islam. Puh-leeeeez.. Islam is not about killing people. Maybe at one time, before civilization kicked in, like the Christians and Jews, but no more. If you read either book, and are not interested in becoming one of that sect, you will see only the bad and take it quite literally.. Don't blame Islam for this tragedy.

    I'm against the death penalty, but if someone dies doing something terrible, I guess it's the price you pay. To everyone who lost some dear child here, I can say nothing. Nothing would make it better. The horror is beyond words. Condolences? How cheap is that from my computer a world away?

    Freedom has it's ups and downs. And everything is worth it.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Andre

    Videos show the time the gunman enters the room and shoots students and escape.

    April 7, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Herlys

    é ofim do mundo!!!
    quero vÊ se vai ficar assim na copa e nas olimpiadas!

    April 7, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Raquel V.

    é inacreditável algo desse tipo acontecendo aqui no brasil, o homem que cometeu essa atrocidade é católico e não islâmico, não é certo se julgar a religião islâmica dessa forma, o fanatismo religioso está por toda parte !!! Como sou ateai não faz muita diferença pra mim, a igreja parece fazer mais o mal que o bem ! E infelizmente morreram 12 crianças, não apenas 11 , e ainda há mais 3 crianças internadas, muitas em estado grave, espero que os médicos consiguam salvá-las, espero que um caso como esse, tão comum nos EUA, não volte a se repetir em meu país !

    April 7, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. london

    While it's true that there have been plenty of non-Islamic school shootings over the years, let's not forget that Islamic terrorists don't discriminate between combatants and non-combatants, between adults and children. Beslan is a tragic example. And just today Hamas fired a missile at a school bus. When I heard the first headlines of this story I thought ' how terrible, but at least – since it happened in Brazil – I guess it's a one-off and not yet another Islamic terror attack'. How sickening, and yet how familiar, to discover I was wrong. If the shooter's sister says he grew a beard and was reading jihadi websites, I think the balance of probability is strongly in favour of this being yet another Islam-inspired murder of the innocent.

    April 8, 2011 at 4:45 am | Report abuse |
  10. iprefernotosay

    He was an Islamist – the true story here http://barenakedislam.wordpress.com/2011/04/08/guess-what-the-media-didnt-tell-you-about-the-school-shooter-in-brazil-hint-he-wasnt-a-tea-party-supporter-upset-about-obamacare/

    April 8, 2011 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  11. Uilson


    If this man don't had have a gun, nothing of this, it's hapen.
    But, in Brazil anyone can have a gun and kill who wanna.
    Guns are a big problem of the world, just cause dies and hurts.

    God bless the familys of the inocent victims.

    April 8, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  12. Gabriel

    People, he wasn't a muslim, he was just a bullied schizophrenic guy who freaked out about the death of his parents.
    I'm not saying he's right about doing what he did, but he was mental. People should've known better.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. cesar

    a violência está dominando nossas ruas,nossas casas e agora até nossas escolas onde iremos para.

    April 9, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. cesar

    a vida é tão boa, mais que pena que tem pessoas que si acha no direito de tira a vida do próssimo

    April 9, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. vitima

    Say no to arms trade !!!!!!!!!!!

    April 9, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
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