Published: Thu, December 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Gunman opens fire on church in Brazil, killing 5 people

Gunman opens fire on church in Brazil, killing 5 people

It said "as well as (the gunman), four people died and four people were wounded".

The attack caused panic, with images on Twitter showing dozens of people fleeing the church.

A gunman has killed four people after opening fire following a midday Mass in a Catholic cathedral in the Brazilian city of Campinas.

The gunman ran to the altar while firing at police and was hit in the side.

Campinas is an industrial city some 100km (62 miles) north-west of Sao Paulo. The gunman, whom police identified as 49-year-old Euler Fernando Gandolfo, entered the church and sat among them.

Ventura said police officials stationed in the plaza outside rushed into the cathedral after hearing the gunshots.

Television also showed paramedics attending several people outside the cathedral and multiple police cars in the street.

The wounded were taken to local hospitals; their condition has not been disclosed.

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Paramedics told media the man fired a revolver and a.38-caliber pistol inside the cathedral at 1:00 pm (1500 GMT) as mass was going on, also wounding several people before killing himself.

Wilson Cassante, a spokesman for the Campinas archdiocese, told The Associated Press that the shooting happened right after Mass was celebrated.

The man, who was reportedly armed with two guns, made his way into the place of worship on Tuesday.

Grandolpho had no previous criminal record and worked at São Paulo state's District Attorney's office as an assistant up until 2014, Agencia Brasil reported.

It was scary. He came in and started shooting randomly at people. "Thanks to the intervention of police, something much bigger was avoided", Ventura said.

Hamilton Caviola Filho, a police investigator, told news portal G1 that authorities had reviewed surveillance footage from inside the cathedral. Last year, almost 64,000 people were killed.

President-elect Jair Bolsonaro campaigned on promises to crack down on violence, in part by loosening gun laws so more civilians could arm themselves.

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