Student Shoots Two Dead In School


A young student at a private school in Brazil shot dead two other children and wounded four more Friday, the emergency services said.

There were conflicting reports from the authorities about the ages of those involved.

All the victims were 12 or 13 years old, police and the fire department in the central city of Goiana said initially.

However, police investigators told AFP that the suspected shooter, who was arrested, was 14 and that students shot could be anywhere from 11 to 16.

Speaking on Globo television, a police officer said the assailant was the son of a policeman and that the pistol used was police-issue.

Local media reported that the boy had been bullied.

“At break time, he took the gun out of his bag and began shooting,” an unidentified witness was quoted as saying by G1 news site. “Then everyone began to run.”

The bloodshed in the state of Goias was a shock in Brazil, where student-on-student shootings of the kind common in the United States are unusual.

However, the country is one of the most violent in the world, recording nearly 60,000 homicides a year. Among the frequent victims are children hit by stray bullets in tightly packed favela slum neighborhoods or while in school.

Cassio Almeida de Rosa, who works with the Brazilian Public Security Forum in studying violence, said “what’s noteworthy” was the access to a firearm at home in this case.

Earlier this month, a security guard reportedly suffering from mental illness deliberately set fire to a nursery school, killing himself, nine children and a teacher.

About 40 people were injured in the blaze at the nursery school in Janauba, a small town about 370 miles (600 km) from the state capital of Minas Gerais.



Gunmen Kill UNIBEN Professor

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A Professor of Engineering at the University of Benin, Professor Paul Otasowie, has been reportedly killed by some gunmen.

The Public Relations Officer of the university, Mr. Michael Osasuyi, confirmed the development to journalists.

According to him, the senior lecturer was shot dead by the armed men in front of his residence on Ekehuan road in Oredo Local Government Area of the state on Wednesday evening.

Although Channels Television cannot authoritatively tell if the incident is a failed kidnap attempt, an armed robbery or assassination.

But eyewitnesses say that the death of the learned scholar arose following a failed attempt kidnap before he was allegedly shot.

It was however gathered that the news of his death threw the university community in a state of mourning.
Sources say the deceased was until his death, a former director of the university’s Industrial Training and Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme.

It will be recalled that Otasowie’s gruesome murder comes a week the abduction of a popular musician, Mr. Joseph Osayomore and the head of Ogba Zoo and Nature Park, Mr. Andrew Ehanire, and a Catholic priest, Fr. Lawrence Adorolo, three weeks ago respectively.

While Mr. Osayomore was kidnapped in Egor Local Government, Fr. Adorolo was abducted along Auchi-Okene highway at about 6pm while returning from Igarra in Akoko-Edo local government where he attended the ‘Month Mind’ of the oldest Priest of the Auchi Diocese, late Fr. Lawrence Balogun at St. John Apostolic Church, Igarra areas of the state.

Osayomore was said to have been whisked away by the abductors at Orovie village, off Upper Ekehuan road, at about 10pm on last Tuesday.

The Catholic Priest was reportedly said to have been released by his captors on Wednesday without the payment of any ransom.

The Edo State Police Command spokesman, DSP Moses Nkombe, confirmed the release and said the police was on the trail of the kidnappers.

Mr. Ehanire, who is a brother to the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, is yet to be released, as it was gathered that his family members had begun special prayers for the speedy release.


Toddler Shoots Playmates At Daycare


Two toddlers were hospitalised in serious condition after a playmate accidentally shot them with a loaded gun at a daycare in the US state of Michigan.

The condition of both three-year-olds were upgraded from critical a day earlier, police said Thursday, as they wrapped up their investigation and planned to meet with prosecutors to consider charges.

The accidental shooting took place Wednesday at a private home that functioned as a daycare in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, when a child managed to get a hold of a loaded handgun.

One toddler was shot in the shoulder and was expected to make a full recovery, police said, while another was in serious but stable condition. Police did not detail the second child’s injuries.

“The Dearborn police department has conducted interviews with all parties involved and are in the process of completing the investigation,” police said in a statement.

“Investigators will be meeting with (prosecutors) to determine whether or not charges will be filed in this case.”

As many as 1.7 million American children live in homes with an unlocked, loaded gun, according to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun violence, and the incident was the latest case of children being injured by unsecured firearms.

Nearly 1,300 children die and 5,790 are treated for gunshot wounds each year in the United States, according to a recent study published in the medical journal Pediatrics.

Michigan state law does not prohibit guns at home child care facilities, but requires them to be unloaded and stored in a locked location away from children, according to the state’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

The Dearborn child care was run by Samantha Eubanks, herself a mother of six who regularly took care of other children, according to neighbors and family members.

Eubanks was unlicensed, but authorities said it was still unclear whether her child care service met the criteria requiring licensing.

US media reported that police recovered multiple firearms from inside the home, but a woman identified as Eubanks’ sister said she did not permit her husband Tim to keep weapons in their home.

“She would always say don’t you ever bring a gun in this house, it’s not going to happen,” Ashley Escobedo told assembled reporters at the scene.