Gunman opens fire inside Catholic Church in Brazil

Gunman opens fire inside Catholic Church in Brazil

A gunman opened fire inside the Catholic cathedral in the Brazilian city of Campinas on Tuesday. He shot four people praying in the pews fatally, before killing himself after the police wounded him. The shooter was identified as Euler Fernando Gandolfo, 49, a systems analyst with no criminal record. Gandolfo entered the cathedral and sat down among mainly elderly worshippers who remained to pray after midday mass.

The Campinas police, chief Jose Henrique Ventura said that security cameras had showed Gandolfo walking into the cathedral and sitting down. A little later he started shooting at people. In response, the police in the plaza outside rushed in when they heard the shots, Ventura told a news conference. The gunman ran to the altar while firing at police and was hit in the side. He fell to ground and shot himself in the head, Ventura said. Gandolfo had two guns with 28 rounds left when he died.

As many as four people were shot dead and four others were wounded, but Ventura said they were out of danger in a hospital in Campinas, an industrial city 100 kilometers (62 miles) northwest of Sao Paulo. However, no motive was established.

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