A teenager opened fire at a high school in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo early Monday, killing one student and wounding two others, authorities said.
Folha de S.Paulo newspaper identified the attacker as a student at the high school who was a frequent target of bullying and said the victim who died was a 17-year-old girl who was shot in the head.
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Authorities did not immediately release details about the suspected attacker, but the Sao Paulo state government said in a statement that police had taken him into custody. Two students were injured in the shooting and another was injured in an escape attempt. All three were taken to a hospital, he said.
“Right now, the priority is the care of the victims and the psychological support for students, teachers and family members,” the announcement states.
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This was the first school attack in Brazil in months, following a rash of them earlier this year. There have been nearly two dozen violent incidents in Brazilian schools since 2000, half in the past 18 months. The newly empowered government of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva launched an all-out effort at the federal, state and municipal levels in April to stamp out the emerging trend.
“My condolences to the family of the murdered young woman and the injured students,” President Lula wrote on X, formerly Twitter, on Monday. “We cannot normalize affordable guns for young people in our society and tragedies like these.”
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It was not immediately clear how the gunman obtained his weapon.