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  1. Brazil Main Page
  2. The Lula Administration Oversees Economic and Social Reform
  3. Brazil Elects Its First Woman President
  4. Former Student Behind Worst School Shooting Brazil Has Ever Seen
  5. Rousseff Faces Political Crisis as Top Aide Steps Down
  6. Security Measures Begin for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics
  7. Club Fire Kills 233 People
  8. Judiciary Council Rules on Same-Sex Marriage Ceremonies
  9. Demonstrations Stun Nation
  10. NSA Leaks Chill Relationship with the U.S.
Former Student Behind Worst School Shooting Brazil Has Ever Seen

On April 7, 2011, A 23-year-old former student returned to his public elementary school in Rio de Janeiro and began firing, killing 12 children and wounding 12 others, before shooting himself in the head. While Brazil has seen gang-related violence in urban areas, this was the worst school shooting the country has ever seen. Tasso da Silveira elementary and middle school, the site of the shooting, is located in the working class neighborhood of Realengo, on the west side of Rio.

The shooter, Wellington Menezes de Oliveria, age 24, entered the school around 8 a.m., telling a teacher who recognized him that he was there to speak to a class. Oliveira opened fire a few minutes later with a .38-caliber pistol in one hand and a .32-caliber gun in the other. He killed 10 girls and 2 boys. When Oliveira ignored a police officer's order to drop his guns, the officer, Sgt. Marcio Alves, shot him in the leg. Oliveira then shot himself in the head. A letter found in Mr. Oliveira's pocket made it clear that he intended to die and that the attack was premeditated, but offered no clear motive for the shootings.

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