Sunday, 10 April 2011
Was Brazilian School Shooter Motivated by Islam?

Libertarian Republican has this:

From Eric Dondero:

11 School Children were killed and at least another 18 injured in a western Rio de Janeiro school yesterday. According to various reports he came into the classroom shouting "I'm going to kill you all." He then lined many of the victims, mostly all girls, up against the wall, shooting them in their heads execution style.

From the AP:

A gunman roamed the halls of an elementary school in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday and killed 11 children, lining them up against a wall and shooting them in the head at point-blank range as he shouted, "I'm going to kill you all!"

It was the worst school shooting in Brazil — and would have been deadlier if the gunman had not been shot in the legs by a police officer, who said the man then fell down some stairs and shot himself in the head.

Images taken with a cell phone posted on YouTube showed students fleeing wildly, screaming for help, many with white and blue school shirts soaked in blood.

The gunman a 23 year-old former student of the school Wellington Oliveira. A police officer responding to the shootings, shot him in the legs. The gunman then killed himself on stairs outside of the classroom.

The Brazilian media is reporting that the gunman was a Muslim, and that his prime motivation for the shootings was his Islamic beliefs.

Translated from the Brazil Journal "Sister says shooter was strange, and had no friends":

In an interview with Radio Band News, Rosilane Menezes, sister of gunman Wellington Menezes de Oliveira, said he was strange, reserved and without friends.

"He was so focused on things related to Islam and had let his beard grow long. He was weird, he was on the internet all day reading related issues and it was very strange, very secretive," she said.

Wellington left a letter with disconnected sentences, but with fundamentalist tendencies, said Lt. Col. Djalma Beltrame, commander of Battalion 14.

"He was on the internet using Muslim sites... It's crazy. Only a crazy person could do this to children, said the commander..."

The 36-paragraph AP article, makes no mention of his Islamic affiliation or beliefs. In fact, no American MSM are reporting on the Islamic link. CNN report, even suggests that he may have gone on the rampage over an infection with AIDS. Only a handful of right news blogs, are reporting the full story.

Here is the text of the letter he left behind. Although his obsession with who should or should not touch his body is reminiscent of Mohamed Atta, the rest of it is pretty confused. It sounds like a combinaiton of mental illness plus Islam.

Posted on 04/10/2011 7:57 AM by Rebecca Bynum
11 Apr 2011
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Which was it, Islam or mental illness?