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Several children killed in Rio school shooting

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Anxious parents and locals watch as events unfold outside the school after the shooting in Rio de Janeiro.

A gunman opened fire Thursday in a public elementary school in Rio de Janeiro, killing at least 10 people before taking his own life, officials said.

Victor R. Caivano / AP

A woman reacts after a shooting at a school in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Thursday, April 7. Brazilian authorities say a gunman opened fire inside the school leaving at least 13 dead.

Terrified parents rushed to the school and television images showed them crying and screaming for information about their children.

Victor R. Caivano / AP

Police guard the perimeter of a school after a shooting in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday.

The dead included nine children between the ages of 12 and 14, the O Globo news website in Rio de Janeiro reported.

The gunman, identified as Wellington Menezes de Oliveira, was a 23-year-old former student at the school. Continue reading...