SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Three individuals had been killed and no less than eight injured on Friday when a shooter opened fireplace at two faculties within the Brazilian state of Espirito Santo, native police mentioned.
The assaults occurred round 10 a.m. native time (1300 GMT) within the small city of Aracruz, positioned some 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of state capital Vitoria.
Officers mentioned an unidentified teenager in navy apparel had opened fireplace at two faculties, one non-public and one public, and was nonetheless lacking within the early afternoon.
Native police mentioned they initially suspected the shooter was a pupil at one of many attacked faculties, however Espirito Santo’s head of public safety Marcio Celante instructed reporters that had not been confirmed.
The general public safety workplace mentioned in an announcement that police and rescue staff had been caring for these injured whereas persevering with to seek for the shooter.
One injured individual needed to be taken by helicopter to Serra, a bigger metropolis positioned some about 60 km south of Aracruz.
Espirito Santo Governor Renato Casagrande expressed his condolences to the victims’ households and mentioned that each one native safety forces had been engaged within the investigation.
President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva referred to as it an “absurd tragedy.”
“I prolong my assist to Governor Casagrande in investigating the case and comforting the communities surrounding the 2 affected faculties,” mentioned Lula, who will take workplace from President Jair Bolsonaro on Jan. 1.