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Shooter kills at least 11 at Brazil New Year's party

Police in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo said the shooter is believed to have been angry over a separation from his former wife, who was among those killed. Local media reports said the couple's eight-year-old son also died.

A gunman stormed a house party in Campinas and killed at least 11 people before turning the gun on himself

A gunman stormed a house party and killed at least 11 people and himself during New Year celebrations in the southeastern Brazilian city of Campinas late on Saturday.

Police in the state of Sao Paulo said the shooter is believed to have been angry over a separation from his former wife, who was among those killed. Local media reports said the couple's eight-year-old son also died.

A police spokesman could not confirm the identity or age of those killed or whether a child of the shooter, who also remains unidentified, was among the victims.

Local media reported that a total of 15 people had been shot and several remain in critical condition.

A neighbour interviewed by the Globo television network said that he and family members heard blasts at about 11:45 p.m. but did not immediately recognize it as gunfire, instead of New Year fireworks. Only when one of the injured ran onto their property, bleeding and asking for help, did they realize that someone had been shooting.

State police said they were called to the scene at 12:40 a.m. local time.

Although Brazil struggles with high rates of crime and violence, mass shootings are uncommon. Gun deaths are frequent in heists, holdups and in confrontations among police, drug gangs and other criminals, but shooting sprees like those often seen in the United States are not prevalent.

Campinas, an industrial and university city of over  one million residents, is located about 100 kilometres northwest of the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil's biggest metropolis.

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