A man entered a public school in Rio de Janeiro this morning and opened fire in one of the class rooms before taking his own life. Eleven people have been confirmed dead, and more than fifteen were wounded and taken to the hospital. The death toll is expected to rise according to news reports this morning.
According to UOL, the shooter has been identified as 24-year-old Wellington Menezes de Oliveira, a former student at the school. He left a suicide note.
As violent as Rio de Janeiro (and Brazil in general) may be, up until now I had always thought that at least school shootings were not a part of our reality here. Sadly I was wrong. Expect updates throughout the day via twitter @blogmib.