Gunman Opens Fire in Brazil Cathedral, Kills at Least Four

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -

A man opened fire in a cathedral in southern Brazil after services on Tuesday, killing four and leaving four others injured before turning a gun on himself, authorities said.

The incident happened at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Campinas, a city about 60 miles north of from Sao Paulo.

Wilson Cassante, a spokesman for the Campinas archdiocese, told The Associated Press that the officiating priest left before the shooting began.

A spokesman for Sao Paulo state firefighters told the AP that four injured had been taken to local hospitals. Their conditions were not immediately known.

Cassante said church officials did not recognize the shooter or have any ideas about his motive.

“It’s so sad,” said Cassante. “It’s hard to imagine the pain this has caused.”

Globo News reported that the man entered, went to the front of the church and began shooting from two handguns.

The motive isn’t clear. Authorities have yet to release the name or age of the suspect.

While Brazil leads the world in total annual homicides, mass shootings are relatively rare.