Wellington Menezes Oliveira, 24-year former student at an elementary school (Escola Municipal Tasso da Silveira school in the western Realengo area) in Rio de Janerio (Brazil), allegedly broke into the school hall shortly before 9am local time and opened fire. Reports have indicated that at least 13 people died and more than 20 injured.
The gunman is reported to be among the dead, but it is not clear if he shot himself or was killed by police.
Witnesses said the shooting began outside Tasso da Silveira school at around 8.30am when Mr de Oliveira opened fire on two boys, shooting one in the head and one in the arm with two loaded 38-caliber revolvers .
He is said to have continued through the school’s metal gates and up to a packed classroom on the second floor, opening fire on children aged between 11 and 13 before turning the gun on himself.
“I saw a load of injured kids, bleeding kids. I saw a dead guy inside. I heard more than 30 shots. My daughter was inside,” said Hercilei Antunes, a postman who lives opposite the school.
A fireman tells the Guardian that up to 20 children are feared dead in the shooting.
“It is a massacre, a true massacre. There is blood on the walls, blood on the chairs. There are 15 to 20 dead I think,” fireman Roni de Macedo told the paper.
At least 30 people were injured in the shooting, O Dia newspaper reports.Source: www.foxnews.com
A makeshift hospital was set up on a soccer field near the school to give victims first aid before the most serious cases were taken to the hospital.
We will keep you posted with updates.