Governor: 2 attackers kill 8, themselves at Brazil school

Cheryl Sanders
March 14, 2019

A student reacts while paying tribute to victims of the shooting in the Raul Brasil school in Suzano, Sao Paulo state, Brazil March 13, 2019.

Before launching their attack, Guilherme Taucci Monteiro, 17, and 25-year-old Henrique de Castro shot and killed the owner of a used vehicle business near the school, authorities said.

Police said the two men, who they did not believe were former students at the school, entered the building and started shooting at about 9:30 a.m. local time.

Another shooting occurred shortly before the massacre in the vicinity of the school, when a person was injured during an apparent robbery attempt.

Doria said the school had been evacuated and police were inspecting what appeared to be possible explosives left by the gunmen.

Kelly Milene Guerra Cardoso, 16, said she and other students took refuge in the school's cafeteria, locking the door and lying on the floor.

Even though Brazil is one of the most violent countries in the world, it is rare to see school shootings in the South American country.

However, current Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro signed a temporary decree in January that made it easier for citizens to buy guns in an effort to overturn the strict regulations of the past.

At least eight people, including six children and two school officials, were killed in a shooting at a school in Brazil on Wednesday.

An amateur video aired by Globo TV showed children screaming, running and begging for their lives as loud shots were heard.

A motive was not yet clear.

The gunmen were wearing masks and killed themselves after the attack, police said.

Gun laws are extremely strict in Brazil, but it is not hard to illegally purchase a weapon. Castro's body lay near Monteiro's, with the crossbow on the ground between the pair.

"The teenagers were brutally murdered", São Paulo state governor João Doria said after visiting the school.

"It's a very sad scene, the saddest thing I've seen in my entire life".

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