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At least 3 killed and many injured in Brazil twin school shootings; 16-year-old opened fire

Brazil: At least three people including two teachers killed and 11 others wounded Friday when a 16-year-old shooter opened fire on two schools in southeastern Brazil, authorities said.

By Priyanka Verma 
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Brazil: At least three people including two teachers killed and 11 others wounded Friday when a 16-year-old shooter opened fire on two schools in southeastern Brazil, authorities said.

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Authorities in the city of Aracruz, in Espirito Santo state, said the shooter had opened fire on a group of teachers at his former school Friday, killing two people and leaving nine others wounded. The shootings took place at a public school with elementary and middle school students and a private school, both located on the same street in the small town of Aracruz in Espirito Santo state, the state’s public security secretariat said in a statement.

Security camera footage showed the shooter wearing a bulletproof vest and using a semiautomatic pistol for the attacks, Espirito Santo public security secretary Márcio Celante said in a video provided by the secretariat’s press office. He then left that school — a public primary and secondary school — and went to a nearby private school, where he killed an adolescent girl and wounded two other people, officials said.

School shootings are uncommon in Brazil, but have happened with somewhat greater frequency in recent years. Authorities have arrested the shooter, said Governor Renato Casagrande, who declared three days of mourning in the state. “He was a student at (the first) school until June, a 16-year-old minor. His family then transferred him to another school. We have information he was undergoing psychiatric treatment,” Casagrande told a news conference.

In a video posted to social media, Espirito Santo Gov. Renato Casagrande said he is monitoring the situation and has sent authorities to investigate. He said some of the survivors’ lives remained at risk from their wounds.”We are rooting and praying for them to recover,” he said. Investigators said he had a swastika on his fatigues.Officials said the shooter, a policeman’s son, used two handguns in the attack, both registered to his father — one his service firearm, the other a privately registered weapon.

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Casagrande said the boy appeared to have planned the attack carefully, breaking in through a locked door and skirting the school’s security guard.He then entered the teachers’ lounge — the first room he came to — and opened fire, the governor said. “He was looking to shoot people. He opened fire on the first people he came across,” he said. Civil police commissioner Joao Francisco Filho told reporters it appeared that the suspect had been planning the attack for “two years,” and that he did not seem to have a “definite target.”

Investigators could be seen carrying victims’ bodies in coffins and loading them in police trucks outside the school, which was cordoned off with crime scene tape, an AFP photographer said.The city has a population of around 100,000 people.

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