At least 3 people killed and 11 others injured in Brazil school shootings
Published: Friday, March 8, 2014 at 12:01 AM.
BRASÍLIA — With school shooting in the news around the world, the killings have been happening at the highest rate in the history of Brazil, where over 9,000 people have been killed by firearms since the beginning of the year.
Among these, the three in a single day in Rio de Janeiro has grabbed the headlines.
“We will do everything to ensure that the students feel safe and that any violence is never repeated anywhere in the country,” Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said in a tweet on Thursday, as the latest deadly shooting occurred.
In Rio de Janeiro, at least three people have been killed, with four injured — one of them critically — in what could be the latest school shooting in the city — which has a population of 17 million just an hour’s drive from the capital Washington, D.C.
Rio de Janeiro is an hour by air from the United States’ capital D.C.
The city of Rio de Janeiro is one of Brazil’s largest cities, in terms of both population and economic activity. It lies on the western edge of the largest state, Guanabara, Brazil’s largest, and has long had a reputation as a leading tourist destination.
Brazil’s school shootings have also been on the rise in recent years, with many schools in the country having been targeted by criminals who used the opportunity to shoot their victims or take them hostage.
The school shooting occurred with about 4,000 students in the city of Guaratiba, a suburb of Rio de Janeiro, and at least two victims died in the incident, the police said in a statement on Thursday.
“We can confirm that the incident took place in one of the schools in the Guaratiba area. We are working to gather information and we want to assure you that all efforts will be made to