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Shooting in Brazilian cathedral leaves five dead, four injured

A gunman opened fire inside a Brazilian church, killing four people and injuring four others before turning the gun on himself, police said.

The shooting occurred on Tuesday (11th December) just as parishioners from Our Lady of the Conception Cathedral in Campinas, near Sao Paulo, were leaving a midday Mass.

“I conducted the Mass at 12.15, at the end of the Mass a person came firing and made some victims, nobody could do anything, or help at all,” said Father Amauri Thomazzi in an emotional video posted on his social media account hours after the incident.

Police identified the gunman as Euler Fernando Grandolpho, 49, of Valinhos, a nearby city in the densely populated state of Sao Paulo. Police said the gunman fired more than 20 shots before being cornered by officers near the altar and killing himself.

Footage of security cameras shows that the shooter entered the church alone, sat on a rear bench in the back for several minutes before turning around and firing at people behind him.

Pedro Rodriques was at the Mass and watched as the gunman stood up and began firing at people.
“I entered (the church) at the end of Mass,” Rodrigues said. “People began to come to do the individual actions and suddenly (I) realised that in the middle a man stood up, positioned himself in front of a couple and began firing point-blank at them. I saw the two shots.”

Rodrigues said he was seated in one of the last pews of the cathedral, between the shooter and the main doors. After the initial shots, Rodrigues remembers he ran out of the church and continued to hear shots. “I heard about 15 shots,” he said.

In a statement, the Archdiocese of Campinas said the Catholic community was shocked that such a tragedy could occur within its cathedral.

“We suffer with the people who at this moment mourn the death of their friends, brothers and relatives. We ask everyone to pray for these families to find comfort and peace in God,” the archdiocese said.

Of the four injured in the shooting, an 84-year-old man remains hospitalised in critical condition after being shot twice in the chest and abdomen. Another victim remains in observation after undergoing surgery to remove bullets from her torso and two other victims were treated at a nearby hospital and released.

Police said the motive for the shooting was unclear and continued to investigate the gunman’s background.

Photo: Forensic workers carry a container with a body at the scene of a shooting on Tuesday at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Campinas, Brazil.

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