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Many casualties as man opens fire on churchgoers in Brazil

Scotland News
13 Dec 2018, 15:24 GMT+10

CAMPINOS, Brazil - A gunman opened fire in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Campinas, Brazil at the end of mass on Tuesday, which killed four people and injured around four others before shooting himself fatally in the head. He also took bullets in the ribs when he went into a firefight with the police.

Campinas is located in the southeast of Brazil in the state of Sao Paulo.

Though gun crime is quite common in Brazil, mass shooting is rare in the biggest country in Latin America.

The authorities identified the gunman as Euler Fernando Grandolpho, 49 years old from Valinhos.

He is a systems analyst and has had various jobs with government agencies, including being an assistant to the prosecutor in the Sao Paulo public ministry.

Eyewitnesses said that the mass was underway when the shooter went inside and sat down in a pew.

After the mass ended, the gunman turned around and shot the churchgoers who were behind him.

Police stated that the incident could have been worse should there have been more people inside the church at that time.

The police have not identified any motive, but officers stated that the gunman had no criminal record and has probably done the crime out of sheer madness. Officers also have not found any link between the shooter and the victims.

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