Eight killed in mass shooting in southern Brazil school

Cheryl Sanders
March 13, 2019

The men, identified as former students at the school in a suburb of Sao Paulo, also shot and killed the owner of a used vehicle business nearby before launching the attack on the school, authorities said.

The two adolescent attackers, who were wearing face masks, killed themselves after the rampage, officials said.

The shooting happened in Suzano, a suburb of Sao Paulo, Brazil's largest city.

Police of that area is on high alert and two helicopters were dispatched to assist the cops.

Some 1,000 primary and secondary students, aged between six and 18, attend the school but only secondary students were inside at the the time of the shooting.

The Military Police confirmed that 10 people were dead and 10 others injured after the shooting.

At least 17 other people, mostly children, were also shot and taken to hospitals, in which several are in serious condition.

Doria said the school had been evacuated and police were inspecting possible explosives left by the shooters.

Salles said the gunmen used at least one.38 caliber pistol, along with homemade bombs and a crossbow.

Latin America's most populous nation has the largest number of annual homicides in the world, but school shootings are rare.

He said it was not yet known whether the assailants were former pupils at the school.

Gun laws are strict in Brazil, but it is not hard to purchase a weapon illegally.

The last major school shooting in Brazil occurred in 2011, when 12 students in Rio de Janeiro were shot dead by a gunman. "It is the saddest thing I have seen in my life".

Another shooting took place about 500 meters from the Raul Brasil school shortly before the killings at the school, but it was not yet clear if the two incidents were related.

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