Update of Lawlessness and Violence

Brazil church shooting: Death toll rises to 5

Blog note: Jesus indicated that one (of many) signs of the end times or the end of the age grace would be that love for one another would grow cold. Matthew 24:12, “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” This can also be interpreted that lawlessness will abound. This includes violence, murder, terrorism, shootings, knife attacks, car/van attacks, chemical attacks and other similar acts of destructive and evil behavior. Yes, these things have occurred in time past. But consider the frequency, intensity and devastation of these types of attacks and mass school shootings. They are like birth pangs in frequency and intensity. This is just one part of the CONVERGENCE or CONVERGING of signs. End of note.

Brazil church shooting: Death toll rises to 5

By Flora Charner, CNN. Updated 3:53 PM ET, Wed December 12, 2018

(CNN) The number of people shot dead at a church in the Brazilian city of Campinas this week has risen to five, officials said Wednesday.

Heleno Severo Alves, 84, died after being treated at a hospital for gunshot wounds, the mayor’s office said. The shooting happened Tuesday afternoon at Metropolitan Cathedral. The gunman opened fire, gunning down a number of people before fatally shooting himself, CNN affiliate Record TV reported. Civil police earlier identified the four others who died, according to the Agencia Brasil news agency and Record TV.

They were:

  • Sidnei Vitor Monteiro, 39
  • José Eudes Gonzaga, 68
  • Cristofer Gonçalves dos Santos, 38
  • Elpidio Alves Coutinho, 67

Three other people were injured, Record TV reported.

The gunman was 49-year-old Euler Fernando Grandolpho, a resident of the neighboring city of Valinhos, according to Agencia Brasil. The motive is unknown. Grandolpho had no previous criminal record and worked at São Paulo state’s District Attorney’s Office as an assistant until 2014, Agencia Brasil reported. So far, the evidence doesn’t indicate that Grandolpho knew the victims, Agencia Brasil said, citing Jose Henrique Ventura, a police officer investigating the shooting. Surveillance video from inside the church shows Grandolpho entering the church, sitting in one of the pews and shooting people who were sitting behind him, according to Agencia Brasil. The cathedral reopened Wednesday for noon Mass. Pictures posted to the Archdiocese of Campinas’ Facebook page shows full pews.

Campinas Mayor Jonas Donizette declared three days of mourning in the city and tweeted Tuesday, “I am numbed by the brutal crime that occurred at the Campinas Cathedral. My prayers go out to the victims and their families.”

CNN’s Jason Hanna contributed to this report.

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