Brazil school shooting: Deadly attack in São Paulo

Leroy Wright
March 14, 2019

More than 8 students has been killed in a shooting and two adults was also killed in the attack at the Rail Brasil State School in Suzano.

Before entering the Raul Brasil school in Suzano, a city on the eastern outskirts of metropolitan Sao Paulo, the assailants, former pupils aged 17 and 25, shot and killed the owner of a auto rental agency from which they had stolen a vehicle.

Relatives are seen in front of the Raul Brasil school after a shooting in Suzano, Sao Paulo state, Brazil March 13, 2019.

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

Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro made relaxing gun control a cornerstone of his campaign past year.

Police officers guard the entrance of the school.

"Two injured people died after being taken to hospital".

Military police Colonel Marcelo Sales said two assailants burst into the school grounds in the early morning, armed with a.38 caliber revolver and a "medieval weapon that looked like a bow and arrows".

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The last major school shooting in the country was in 2011, when 12 children were shot dead by a former pupil in Rio de Janeiro.

Aged between 20 and 25 years old, the alleged attackers are not believed by police to be former students of the school that has some 1,000 primary and secondary students.

"Then a lot of kids started running out, all screaming", he said.

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

The wounded student who took shelter in her house could not speak.

He added that the school had been evacuated and police were inspecting possible explosives left by the shooters.

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

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