13 killed in Brazil school shooting: Officials

A man believed to be a former student opened fire in a school, killing 12 people and wounding 22 others before taking his own life, authorities said.

Last Updated: Apr 07, 2011, 23:30 PM IST

Rio De Janiero: A man believed to be
a former student opened fire in a school here today, killing
12 people and wounding 22 others before taking his own life,
authorities said.

"The information we have is that the number of fatalities
is 13, and some 22 wounded, including gunshot wounds to the
head," Colonel Evandro Bezerra, a fire department spokesman,
told TV Globo News.

He identified the shooter as 24-year-old Wellington
Menezes de Oliveira, who was believed to be a former student
at the school. Police said he left a letter saying he wanted
to commit suicide.

Initial reports said he entered the school wearing a
backpack and said he was going to a conference, before opening
fire in a classroom.

"The person entered, and fired shots," a spokeswoman for
the Rio Military Police said.

The victims included students and staff at the public
school in the western Realengo neighbourhood.

TV Globo News showed images of the wounded being loaded
into ambulances at the public school in the western Rio
neighbourhood.

PTI