A 16-year-old boy wearing a swastika pinned to his vest opened fire with a semiautomatic handgun and a revolver at a public school he had attended and a neighboring private school, killing three and injuring thirteen, The Guardian reports.
Although they’re so common in the United States they rarely make the national news anymore, school shootings–particularly those where there are fatalities–are extremely rare in other countries. So far in 2022, there have been more than 250 school shootings in the US; second on the list is Mexico, with eight. Brazil has has two school shootings this year.
As is common with underage shooters in the United States, the shooter found the weapons at his home: the semiautomatic handgun was originally issued to the military police; the boy’s father is a member of the military police. The revolver was registered to his father.
Security camera footage shows the boy wearing what appears to be a bulletproof or tactical vest with a swastika pinned to the front entering the campus of a public school campus that had an elementary and middle school the suspect attended and firing into classrooms. He then drove down the street in his family’s car to shoot up the private school. Two teachers and one student were killed, but it was not specified which school with which they were affiliated.