Warning: Graphic footage.
Katia Sastre, who is now a politician, was praised by local officials for her bravery during the viral incident. The New York Post’s footage of the incident has been shared en masse over the past several days.
The 42-year-old was captured on camera gunning down Elivelton Neves Moreira, 21, outside a school in Sao Paulo. The suspect is seen armed with a handgun and was approaching a crowd of children and their parents, it was reported.
But Sastre pulled out a pistol and opened fire several times, sidestepped as he tried to aim at her, and then placed her body weight on his back. She is also seen kicking the gun away.
Moreira later died in the hospital, The Sun reported.
“I didn’t know if he was going to shoot the kids or the mothers or the security guard at the school door,” she said, Fox News reported. “I just thought about defending the moms, the children, my own life and my daughter’s.”
Sastre said she is a mother.
She was honored by local official, Marcio Franca, at the station. “I went earlier to the 4th BAEP in the east of Sao Paulo to honor a very special mother: Corporal Katia Sastre. Her courage and precision saved mothers and children, yesterday at the door of a school,” Franca wrote at the time.
“She pushed the children out of the way and approached the thief. She shoots, the boy shoots, the boy tries to shoot at her leg,” Brazilian public security secretary Maggie Alves also said, Fox reported. “She immobilizes the boy and calls the [emergency services]. It was a perfect procedure from a technical point of view.”
After the suspect died, she lamented it.
Who Is She?
“I’m not happy about the death, which no one wants. But I am happy for having saved good people,” she told AFP.
Several months ago, AFP reported that she ran for office and was elected to Congress. “I shot and I would do it again. I’m brave,” she said in a campaign video.
The report said that she supports the legalization of gun ownership in the country. “The bad guys are very well armed, even better than the police. We want good citizens to be free to carry arms so they can defend themselves,” she said.
“I’m also against feminism,” Sastre stated. “Women don’t need to unite to get something done. If they want to do something, just go out and do it.”
She said that in Brazil, which saw more than 50,000 murders in 2018, there are more important issues.
“People can no longer tolerate violence and that’s why there are so many military in politics now, to try to resolve what’s going on,” she told AFP.
Highlights Murder Rate
Brazil in 2018 saw a decline in its murder rate by about 13 percent, with homicides dropping to 51,000 from 59,000 over the previous year, Foreign Policy noted.
Foreign Policy says “2017 was an unusually violent year. In fact, it was the most murderous year in the country’s history. A key reason was the outbreak of open war between Brazil’s two main drug trafficking organizations, the First Capital Command (PCC) and the Red Command. The two had struck up a truce in 1997. When it fell apart in the middle of 2016, a wave of gruesome attacks and reprisal violence spread from the country’s prisons to its cities.”