Four innocent people were shot and at least four more wounded after a gunman opened fire in a cathedral in Brazil and then committed suicide.
The man entered the Metropolitan Cathedral in Campinas, 60 miles from Sao Paulo, just after the mass at about 1 pm today, before he walked forward and opened fire.
The police called the alleged gunman as the 49-year-old Euler Fernando Gandolpho – a system analyst without a criminal record.
Globo News reported that the suspect used two pistols to shoot in the congregation before he fell dead at the altar after randomly targeting and killing worshipers.
The suspect is believed to be one of the deadly victims and would have been shot first by an officer before he would take his own life.
There were reportedly 20 shots fired by the shooter, who according to the police could have been shot once by agents before he had put the weapon on himself.
An eyewitness said that the shooting took place just after the Mass was celebrated and that the serving priest had left before the killing began.
One victim was killed at the door of the cathedral, while paramedics treated a wounded person in the open door.
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An archer, named by the police as 49-year-old Euler Gandolpho, would have shot four people and wounded four after opening fire during mass during a mass in a Catholic cathedral in Brazil before he killed himself
Sao Paulo Police called the alleged gunman as the 49-year-old Euler Fernando Gandolpho
According to police, the man entered the cathedral at around 1 pm with two pistols before he killed a person at the door (photo) and stormed inside
Paramedics and police officers help victims of the deadly shooting in the Metropolitan Cathedral, in Campinas, state of Sao Paulo, in Brazil earlier today
A total of five people died, including the shooter, along with an 84-year-old man, a 65-year-old woman and a 40-year-old woman, all of whom claimed to be among the injured survivors.
I started celebrating Mass at 12:15 and at the end of Mass a man went in and shot at his victims. No one was able to do anything, "said priest Amaury Thomazi in a video published on social media.
An image of a man, probably Gandolpho, who crashed on a bench near the altar with a pistol in his hand, has been confirmed by the police as a suspect.
Guard, Alexandre Moraes, told local media: "The people in the church were mostly older, innocent people and he [the suspect] Eventually fired at all these people. The scene is desperate, it is a very big tragedy. & # 39;
Emergency services were called to the building for the first time at 1.20 pm.
A 65-year-old woman was taken to hospital with injuries to the upper body, while another, at the age of 40, was admitted to the hospital, although her injuries and condition are unknown.
A third survivor is reportedly in a stable condition, although there is no information about his injuries.
Reuters reported that a fourth person was also injured, adding that all victims were elderly and in a serious condition.
CCTV video released by the Metropolitan Cathedral of Campinas showed the moment when the supposed shooter got up from a bank on the far left bottom of the screen and began to open fire on believers sitting next to him.
He seemed to go to the central aisle by the banks and kept randomly shooting at parishioners as they ran for their lives.
When he walked to the right-hand side, he seemed to be standing while he was reloading his weapon.
ID document of the alleged gunner, named by the police in Brazil as Euler Fernando Gandolpho, who also in some reports as & # 39; Gandolfo & # 39; is spelled
Paramedics treating survivors on the spot. The police investigate the shooting but have not revealed any suspected motive
The area around the cathedral was turned off while paramedics rushed the wounded to the hospital. All four are reportedly in a serious condition
Crowds gathered around the cathedral when news of the mass shooting, which is relatively rare in Brazil, began to spread
This brief moment allowed a petrified woman to hide, toss between the chairs, to leap and escape before she was shot.
Within a few seconds after the unfolding of the disaster, the police were on the spot, because of the increased crowds during the holidays.
Pedro Rodrigues, 66, said: "I suddenly saw a man standing up, taking position for a couple and shooting them pointlessly. I ran away quickly and he kept shooting, lots of shots. & # 39;
At least two officers were seen entering the cathedral with rifle butts and seem to open the shooter, which apparently had gone to the altar.
The man was armed with a revolver and a .38-caliber pistol, according to the police.
Fireman Alexandre Moraes said: "The people in the church were mostly elderly, innocent people and he [the suspect] Eventually fired at all these people. The scene is desperate, it is a big tragedy. & # 39;
Moraes also told the Globo News channel: & # 39; It was frightening. He went in and randomly shot at people. They were all praying. & # 39;
Gandolpho, a system analyst from Valinhos, in the state of Sao Paulo, without a criminal record, had two guns with 28 rounds left when he died.
Television images showed the lifeless body of the shooter, dressed in jeans and a blue t-shirt, lying in the cathedral, with a fired pistol in his right hand.
The area around the cathedral has been deposited.
An image of a man who has fallen on a bench at the altar with a pistol in his hand has been confirmed by the police as a suspect
Crowds and emergency services outside the Metropolitan Cathedral in Campinas after a shooter walked to the sacred building and randomly photographed worshipers
Wilson Cassante, a spokesman for the Campinas Archdiocese, said the shooting took place shortly after mass was celebrated, adding that the serving priest had left before the shooting began.
A spokesperson for firefighters from São Paulo told the Associated Press that four wounded had been taken to local hospitals.
Their circumstances were not immediately known.
Cassante said that ecclesiastical officials did not recognize the shooter or had ideas about his motive.
& # 39; It is so sad, "Cassante said. & # 39; It's hard to imagine the pain that caused this. & # 39;
Globo News reported that the man came in to the front of the church and started shooting from two pistols after he was in a couch.
A man opened random fire on people inside until the police intervened and shot at the shooter who then committed suicide & # 39 ;, said the security secretariat for the state of Sao Paulo in a statement.
Confused pedestrians gather around the cathedral after hearing gunshots and before emergency workers arrive in Campinas
People gather outside the cathedral of Campinas, 90 km northwest of Sao Paulo, Brazil, today after the deadly shooting
Municipal workers carry a body of the Campinas Cathedral after a man had opened fire earlier today during the Mass
It added, "as good as." [the gunman], four people died and four people were injured. & # 39;
That figure corrected a previous police toll that resulted in a total of six deaths, including the shooter and three wounded.
The motive was not clear at this stage and the authorities still have to release the name or age of the suspect.
The fatalities have not been identified and the police are still investigating.
Chief of police, Hamilton Caviola, said the shocking scenes were recorded on CCTV cameras in the church at the time of the incident.
He believes that the shooter fired a hail of at least 20 shots and reportedly had two guns.
Chief Caviola said: & # 39; From the images, [the suspect] seemed to sit about ten meters from the front of the door. He did not shoot first but sat on a couch. & # 39;
According to Caviola, shortly after the supposed shooter arrived, three people came in and sat down on the couch behind him.
They were supposed to be the first to be hit and one of the victims in this group would have died.
The chef added: & # 39;[The suspect] used a gun, but apparently he had two with him.
& # 39; The motivation behind the crime will only be known when we identify him and know his history.
City guards nowadays stand next to an indoor house at the entrance to the cathedral of Campinas, Brazil
Brazilian television reported in unconfirmed images that the shooter was sometimes seen on the street before the church photographed
A frame of a security camera, while police officers help victims of the shooting in the Metropolitan Cathedral, in Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil
& # 39; For the time being, it appears from the images we have viewed on the security images [the shooter] stopped, thought and executed the plan he had in mind.
"He committed suicide, but we believe a policeman shot him because he was shot in the rib. After we are hit, we think he fell and committed suicide. & # 39;
Major Adriano Augusto also told the television news item Globo that the shooter got up shortly after the end of the prayers.
He first hit the people behind him, & # 39; said Major Augusto. Apparently he has photographed in different directions, not specifically aimed at someone. & # 39;
Emergency services were sent to the scene around 13.20.
The first reports show that a 65-year-old woman was injured in the upper body and was transferred to the Mário Gatti hospital, where she believes there is no danger.
An 84-year-old man, who was believed to be in the chest and abdomen, was taken to the same hospital and is undergoing emergency surgery.
A 40-year-old woman was taken to Unicamp or Clinics Hospital and is said to be in a stable condition. There is no information about which unit the fourth victim was taken to or the state of his health.
The area around the cathedral has been shut down and CCTV security cameras that show the rescue of the ambulance crew have recorded the emergency operation in the area.
In a statement, the municipality of Campinas said it has mobilized all emergency units on the scene.
Firefighters on the ground today alongside a victim killed in the Metropolitan Cathedral in Campinas, Brazil
Workers remove bodies of victims from Campinas Cathedral after a man opened fire during the Mass and killed at least four people before committing suicide
The cathedral, which was founded in 1883, is located in the center of Campinas on a public square
Mayor Jonas Donizette said: & # 39;[We are] appalled by the cruel crime and dedicating our prayers to the victims and their families. & # 39;
The Archbishopric of Campinas today complained about the tragedy and posted a message on social media in which people were called to pray for the victims and their deep pain & # 39; to express.
It recognized the shooting and said in a statement: "The cathedral remains closed because of the care for the victims and the investigation by the police.
& # 39; As soon as we have more information, we will make it available. We are counting on the prayers of all at this moment of deep pain. & # 39;
& # 39; Everyone has run away. You can imagine that I was shocked, & # 39; told a woman who attended Mass on Globo TV.
Brazil had almost 64,000 murders last year – more than any other country, according to the United Nations. Mass withdrawals, however, are relatively rare.
While Brazil is the world leader in total annual killings, mass shootings are relatively rare.
Seventy percent of the killings in Brazil have been committed with firearms, according to a control group, Forum for Public Security.
The new president of the country, Jair Bolsonaro, who takes office on January 1st, easily won elections on November in a platform promising to relentlessly tackle crime and relax weapon law so that & # 39; good & # 39; people could defend themselves.