A gunman opened fire at two schools in the Brazilian state of Espirito Santo, killing three and wounding 11, local authorities said.
The attack took place in Aracruz, a small town about 50 miles north of the state capital Vitoria.
Police have arrested the gunman, who was seen on security footage wearing a military uniform and mask and carrying a semi-automatic weapon. Authorities have not yet identified the suspect, but local media outlets, including CNN affiliate CNN Brazil, have reported that the individual is a 16-year-old.
Espirito Santo Governor Renato Casagrande confirmed in a Twitter post on Friday, “Security teams captured the attacker who attacked two schools in Aracruz. I have declared three days of official mourning to mourn the irreparable loss. We will continue to investigate the reasons and we will have new clarifications soon.
The governor said the attacks took place at Primo Biti School and Praia de Coqueral Educational Center.
Public Security Minister Marcio Celante told the media that police believe the suspect acted alone, based on security video, but further investigation is needed to find out more details about the incidents.
Celante also revealed some of the things the security video showed.
The first criminal act was breaking the lock and entering the school. “He had access to the teachers’ room,” Celante said, “and later, he moved to another school where he made more victims.”
Brazil’s president-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva called the incident an “absurd tragedy”.
“It is with sadness that I was informed of the attacks on Aracruz schools in Espirito Santo. My solidarity with the families of the victims of this senseless tragedy,” Lula tweeted.
“My support goes to Governor Casagrande to investigate the case and comfort the communities surrounding the two affected schools,” he added.
Brazilian Minister Victor Godo also offered his condolences along with his government colleagues.
“My condolences to the parents, relatives and staff of Primo Biti State Elementary and Middle School and Priya de Coqueral Educational Center in Aracruz. I place on record my denial of this display of violence,” Godoi wrote on Twitter.