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. Patricia

    a woman with twin girls just said that one of the girls died and the other one is on surgery.

    April 7, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  2. Felipe - BR

    Contrary to the info reported here, police official version is that the shooter killed himself after he was wounded by a shot in he's leg. There's a suicide letter found in his body, not yet released to the media.

    And realy, save your comments about video-games and movies, please. They did not made any sense 10 years ago and still don't.

    April 7, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. Student

    I was a student at Virginia Tech at the time of the massacre in 2007. This hits close to home for me. Schools are supposed to be places where we should feel safe. I pray for the families, friends, classmates, and teachers affected by this tragedy. Those innocent children did nothing to deserve this... it just breaks my heart.

    April 7, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. Camila

    Not the behavior of a crazy person that will define the characteristics of Brazil and the Brazilians, and the presence of God. We are able to organize the World Cup and the Olympics.

    April 7, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ana Maria

    I never imagined it would happen in Brazil, although the violence is very widespread in some regions. Regardless of whether a religion, to believe in God or not, tragedies like these make us very sad, especially when we think that there were many children in this school, and that the number was not higher because the police arrived immediately on the shooting. Until when will this happen? According to the Bible we are in the last days. But I believe that one day it will end.

    Nunca imaginei que isso aconteceria no Brasil, embora a violência seja muito grande aqui, em algumas regiões. Independente de se ter religião, de se acreditar ou não em Deus, tragédias como essas nos deixam muito tristes, principalmente quando pensamos que havia muitas crianças nessa escola, e que o número só não foi maior porque a policia chegou imediatamente no momento dos tiros. Até quando isso vai acontecer? Segundo a Bíblia estamos nos ultimos dias. Mas acredito que isso um dia vai terminar.

    April 7, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  6. MIKE

    with all this god talk here i would like to say that religious beliefs are the biggest evil we face today. how many millions have been killed in the name of religion? how many more millions will there be? Gods are made up BS. does one really believe that a god created the Universe? try evolution brainwashed meatheads!!! My thoughts are with all those innocent people and their famlies.

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

    There is enough sorrow for everyone. I am sorry for the students and their families. But I am also sorry for the murderer and his family. It is sad that somewhat becomes so desperate that they feel they must resort to such a horrendous act. It is unfortunate that no one was strong enough to help him before this happened.

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

    can't realy undrstnd waz go'n on,pupils beiny shot 4 nth'n sake? my heart goes 2 da lost 1s,jst speechless.

    April 7, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  9. carol

    a irmã so atirador disse que ele era estranho, usava barba e se dizia muçulmano ... a mae de criação era testemunha de Jeová

    April 7, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  10. Nina

    He is not muslim!Just because he used to look Islan websites does not make him a muslin!
    We can't blame the religian for his acts.
    He is the only one responsible for it!

    April 7, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  11. Seni

    If there is no God, why are you playing God by judging others, believe it or not playing God means believing God's existence. Just let us put respect as condolence and pray for all victims and family.

    April 7, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  12. Kimmie

    We are so quick to blame God for everything. Before we took prayer out of our schools we never encountered such a thing. When we took prayer out we told God that we don't want you anymore. So when we did that, we took ourselves out of the hedge of protection. It is so easy to blame God for the mishaps of this world but there is a free will given to all men. And if we are telling God daily that we do not want Him, through our actions, words and continual disregard for His word then why should He do anything for us. This is what happens when man decides that he no longer need God – we are left to our own devices which results in calamity. Read your Bible – New Testament, consentrate on Galations – Revelations. You will see that everything is being fulfilled. It speaks of war, earthquakes in divers places, it speaks of a dying economy which will result in a one world system, it speaks of famine, it speaks of false prophets and teachers that will mislead the people, it says that love will wax cold, and that men will become lovers of themselves and follow after their own lusts and be haters of the truth, it speaks of wickedness on the rise, that we will not be able to distinguish between the seasons, strange things happening in places we never would expect. So, you see, it is the Word of God that is being fulfilled. So it is pointless to argue whether there is a God or not when clearly the events that are foretold in the Bible are actually taking place now. This is not a time to blame God, this is a time to run to HIm because whether you believe it or not and it still is your choice, you will give an account to him for yourself. I pray that the veil of deception that satan has placed in this earth is lifted from the eyes of those that blatantly mock God and are full of disbelief and that you will come into the full understanding and knowledge of who He is and that He is yet still extending his hand out to you. We need to pray, because if you think this is bad, oh, we haven't seen anything yet. When mercy no longer is extended and judgement comes in that will be a sorry day.

    April 7, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  13. carol

    o governador do Rio está ao vivo dando uma coletiva dentro da escola

    April 7, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jimbo52

    This is very sad. I feel sorry for the families. God bless

    April 7, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  15. carol

    ele estava muito armado ...com 2 armas e um cinto de profissional cheio de balas

    April 7, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
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