SAO PAULO - A gunman opened fire inside the Catholic cathedral in the Brazilian city of Campinas on Tuesday and fatally shot four people praying in the pews before killing himself after police wounded him, authorities said.
Police identified the shooter as Euler Fernando Gandolfo, 49, a systems analyst with no criminal record.
Gandolfo entered the cathedral and sat down among mainly elderly worshippers who remained to pray after midday mass.
"I suddenly saw a man stand up, take position in front of a couple and shoot them point blank. I ran out fast and he continued firing, many shots," said Pedro Rodrigues, a 66-year-old retiree.
"It was frightful," said another witness, Alexandre Moraes, on GloboNews channel. "He shot randomly at people. They were all praying."
Campinas police chief Jose Henrique Ventura said security cameras showed Gandolfo walk into the cathedral and sit down. A little later he started shooting at people.