New Year's Massacre: Man Kills Ex, Son, 10 Others

Brazil man then took his own life
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 1, 2017 12:12 PM CST
New Year's Massacre: Man Kills Ex, Son, 10 Others
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A man broke into a house in southeastern Brazil where his ex-wife was ringing in the New Year and shot and killed her, their son, and at least 10 other people before taking his own life, military police said Sunday. The man was carrying "several firearms," when he attacked the family in Campinas, about 60 miles from Sao Paulo, according to Cpl. Marta Aurelia. Thirteen people were killed, including the man's ex-wife, the couple's 8-year-old boy, and other family members. Aurelia wasn't sure if that total included the gunman. Another three people were wounded.

At least one of those wounded escaped by running to a neighbor's house, the AP reports. Neighbor Christiano Machado said he heard the shots a little before midnight but assumed they were fireworks. "When we opened the gate to go into the street to see the fireworks, the celebrations, a wounded person came into our yard. He entered, asking for help," he said in a video posted on the G1 news portal. (Read more Brazil stories.)

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