Four People Murdered During Mass At Campinas Cathedral

Suspect opened fire in the early afternoon and then killed himself afterward

São Paulo and Valinhos

Four men died, and another four people were wounded by a mass shooting in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Campinas, in the state of São Paulo, at the end of an early afternoon service on Tuesday (11th).

Identified as Euler Fernando Grandolpho, 49, the suspect entered the church, sat in a pew and started to shoot at the people present.

According to the Campinas Military Police, the suspect shot himself after the attack. He carried a 9mm pistol and a 38-caliber revolver. Both guns had their serial numbers scratched off.  Officers say that the shooter's motivation is still unknown.

Police and onlookers gathered in front of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Campinas after the shooting - Divulgação

Grandolpho had no prior criminal record. There are only two police reports registered in his name; he is listed as a victim in both.  

The police said that he fired around 20 shots right after the daily 12:15 pm mass.

The cathedral's closed-circuit camera showed the suspect's movements. The video shows how Gandolpho suddenly gets up from his pew and starts shooting against a group of people.

He then walks towards the church's entrance, firing against the police officers who were trying to stop him.

Grandolpho still had time to load the pistol with more bullets before he was struck in the chest. Fallen to the floor but even conscious, he shot himself in the head. He still had 28 rounds in his backpack.

The shooting rekindled an ongoing debate in Brazil about changing the country's gun laws and allowing more people to own weapons, one of president-elect Jair Bolsonaro's main policy proposals during his campaign.

Translated by NATASHA MADOV

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