A former student armed with a semiautomatic pistol and wearing a bulletproof vest fatally shot three people and wounded 13 on Friday after barging into two schools in southeastern Brazil, authorities said.
The shootings took place at a public school with elementary and middle school students and a private school, both located on the same street in the small town of Aracruz in Espirito Santo state, the state’s public security secretariat said in a statement. Two teachers and a student were killed.
Approximately four hours later, the shooter, identified as a 16-year-old boy who used to study at the public school, was arrested by police, Espirito Santo Gov. Renato Casagrande said. Authorities did not release the suspect’s name.
According to a video released by the secretariat’s press office, the attacker was captured on security camera footage sporting a bulletproof vest and firing a semiautomatic pistol during the attacks. Casagrande claimed that the former student’s father, a military police officer, is the rightful owner of the weapon.
In addition to the fatalities, 13 other people were hurt, including nine teachers, according to Celante, who also mentioned that the shooter in the public school broke a lock to gain entry to the teachers’ lounge. Two children and six other injured people were still being treated