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. Ivan

    There are 11 killers, 10 Children and Killer

    April 7, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. carol

    Brazil is the sad

    April 7, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. Fernando

    Just two days after VEJA (the most important news magazine in Brazil) released a report about Terrorists Groups linked to Al Queada and so on having branches in Brazil we experience the first terrorist attack that seems to be linked to extremist Muslims.
    The Killer´s sister said that he was linked to islamism and the police said he left a letter shows signs of Islamic Fundamentalism.
    We are a peacefull country and our government need to act upon those groups imediatelly !!!

    April 7, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Kael

      Saying that the killer have some ties to Islam is the same as smoking is bad for your health. What else can we expect?

      April 7, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  4. Patricia

    news here in Brazil say that when he knew the police was there, the shooter killed himself. The Tv news are not talking about the two of them having a confrontation. There are now new numbers... Nine girls and a boy died on the scene and another child died on the way to the hospital. With the shooter there are 12 deaths and 17 injured victims.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. vendascertezafacebook

    Não é verdade,não se trata segundo os reportes no local de caso religioso,parece ser buling.
    Not true, it is not according to reports in local religious event, it seems buling.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. Lucke

    Real things from the first world now getting down to Rio.... Very sad... poor children... poor families...

    April 7, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |

    Most of the victims was hit in the head and chest. "It's a very sad situation. Would never expect to experience in my life such an experience. I saw the whole team in the hallways. People crying in despair. It is a situation of unnecessary violence against children.......

    April 7, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  8. Luciano

    The wonderful city in days of mourning, the Brazilian education does not deserve it ...

    April 7, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  9. Gilberto Martini

    He was really determinated to get himself killed, he left a letter, and entered the school claiming to be there for a lecture...

    April 7, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  10. vendascertezafacebook

    Nine dead girls + one boy named Raphael, the Lord looks at our pain.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  11. Priscila

    This happened first time in Brazil, infortunately, we brazilians are in shock!will be an American as we could be said that the Olympics here?? So the USA could ever be, because this is more common there, only an insensitive jerk to make a comment like that in this hard moment.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  12. rp from rio

    Guy was ex student there
    11 killed including killer -9 girls one boy
    20 in hospital to remove bullets from face

    April 7, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  13. Daniel

    the worst is tha fact that are many things we just can't figure out... I'm living near this school, and my son will not go to class today... 'cause I don't believe its isolated fact: first of all, the shooter has 2 guns, 2 revolvers, and jets to reload then, doing a hundred shot, and some head shots! its not a crazy guy that get some gun and go out to shot somebody... it's calculated! Second, an officer of Military police, get the letter the shooter left, and say it clearly, that have very serious fundamentalist traces, beside the confusion at all! Who gonna assume? Right before 2011 (Military Mundial Games at Rio), 2014 (World Cup at Brasil), and 2016 (Olympic Games at Rio)... tell me its casually!!! Don't believe it!

    April 7, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  14. carol

    Ele deu mais de cem disparos!

    April 7, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  15. Navybat

    You are truly a sick individual.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
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