Mass shooting in church, five dead in Brazil


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The gunman was armed with two weapons and fired at least 20 times in Brazil.

According to the media report, a gunman shot and killed four people at a church in Brazil before turning the gun on himself.

A spokesman for the local fire department told Globo TV news that, the shooting took place at the Campinas Cathedral in Sao Paulo state as a midday mass was in progress.

Xinhua news agency reported that, the gunman was armed with two weapons and fired at least 20 times before police confronted him and he committed suicide in front of the altar.

They didn’t know the motive behind the mass shooting, but it appeared the perpetrator had no specific target, said the authorities.

The secretary of security in Campinas, Luis Baggio, told the TV network that, “We think he was shooting at random, without looking for a clear target.”

Luis Baggio said, surveillance cameras showed the man entered the church like any other worshipper and sat in the back for a few minutes before getting up and firing his gun, a 9 mm handgun used by security forces.

Eyewitness Pedro Rodrigues, 66, said he ran out of the building when he heard shots and realized what was happening.

“The attacker entered and began shooting at a couple, and then continued firing in all directions. But I managed to get out. I’m very lucky to be alive,” said Rodrigues.

The shooting, has shaken residents of Campinas, a city 100 km west of the state capital Sao Paulo, which was rarely seen in the South American country.

The Diocese of Campinas issued a statement asking for peoples’ prayers at this “very painful time.”


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