BRASILIA, Brazil — A sniper armed with a semi-automatic pistol and wearing a bulletproof vest shot and killed two teachers and a student, and injured 11 on Friday after bursting into two schools in southeastern Brazil, the authorities said. authorities.
The shooting took place in 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 the state of Espirito Santo, said the secretariat of state public safety in a statement. It was not immediately clear if authorities caught the shooter.
Security camera footage showed the attacker wearing a bulletproof vest and using a semi-automatic pistol for the attacks, Espirito Santo Public Security Secretary Márcio Celante said in a video provided by the secretariat press office.
In addition to the dead, 11 people were injured, including nine instructors, said Celante, who noted that at the public school the shooter gained access to the staff room after breaking a lock.
The shooter covered his face, making it difficult to identify him, Celante said, adding that police are investigating whether he was helped by others.
School shootings are rare in Brazil, but have occurred with somewhat higher frequency in recent years.
In a video posted on social media, Espirito Santo Governor Renato Casagrande said he was monitoring the situation and had sent authorities to investigate.