april 7th 2011

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School shootings may not be an exceptional thing in Brazil, but they’re usually gang shootings. The first non-gang one with a high number of victims that’s been reported took place in Rio de Janeiro, when Wellington Oliveira entered Tasso da Silveira Municipal School, an elementary school, on April 7th, 2011 and shot 12 children between 12 and 14 years of age and injured another 12. Armed with a 38-caliber revolver and a 38-caliber revolver, the former student first headed to an eighth grade classroom, where he started firing at the children, particularly at the girls. By the time the police arrived at the school, Oliveira was already preparing to continue in the third floor, but failed due to a police man shooting him in the stomach and leg. He fell down the stairs and eventually committed suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot to the head. Though his motives are uncertain, possible reasons are bullying or religious fanaticism, as he was obsessed with terroristic acts and Islam.