Gunman Kills 12 at Brazil Elementary School

A fire department rep says at least 20 were wounded
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2011 9:21 AM CDT
Gunman Kills 12 at Brazil Elementary School
Tragedy in Rio de Janeiro.   (AP Photo/Ricardo Moraes)

(Newser) – Tragedy in Brazil: A former student killed at least 12 people at an elementary school in Rio de Janeiro this morning. Wellington Menezes de Oliveira, 24, brought two loaded 38-caliber revolvers into the school and opened fire before shooting himself, say police. He reportedly left a note outlining his desire to commit suicide, reports the Wall Street Journal. A police officer who happened to be nearby heard children crying and was able to corner Oliveira, shooting him in the leg before he turned the gun on himself. Another 20 have been wounded. (Read more school shooting stories.)

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