An ex-student who attacked two schools in Brazil with a semiautomatic handgun and a revolver, killing four people and injuring 12, had a swastika pinned to his vest and plotted the crimes for two years, according to authorities.
In the small town of Aracruz in the Espirito Santo state in southeast Brazil, the gunshots happened on Friday at a public school with elementary and middle school children and a private school, all of which are situated on the same street.
A student and three professors died.
Five of the injured people were still in the hospital.
Police detained the gunman, a 16-year-old student who had previously attended the public school, about four hours later, according to Espirito Santo Governor Renato Casagrande.
The authorities withheld the name of the suspect.
According to the authorities, the adolescent used his family’s automobile to go between his two schools while covering the license plate with a cloth.
According to Márcio Celante, the public security secretary for Espirito Santo, security camera footage showed him wearing a bulletproof vest.
After breaching a lock, the public school gunman could enter the teachers’ lounge.
Casagrande claimed that while the revolver was a personal firearm registered in the name of the former student’s father, a military police officer, the semiautomatic weapon belonged to the military police.
The shooter is being imprisoned in prison for juvenile offenders.
Attacks against schools are rare in Brazil, although they have become more frequent in recent years.