Victims killed, injured during school shooting in Brazil

Elias Hubbard
March 14, 2019

Eight people - including six students - have been shot and killed by two hooded men at a school in Brazil. Five children are reportedly among the dead, as well as a school employee and a passerby.

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

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

Speaking a few blocks from the public school in Suzano, Mr Doria said: "The school is on lockdown".

Brazil, the biggest nation in Latin America, has the largest number of homicide deaths in the world each year.

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.

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

Police work at the scene of a shooting at a school in Suzano, Sao Paulo metropolitan region, Brazil.

Two gunmen open fire on students of the Raul Brasil State School in the city of Suzano in Greater São Paulo.

Security camera footage from the school's entrance published on the website of O Globo newspaper showed Monteiro entering the school around 9:30 a.m. He then pulled out a hatchet and hacked at the bodies on the ground.

After shooting at students in the yard, the killers "headed to the language center" where several pupils were hiding and "committed suicide in a corridor", added Sales.

Gonçalves, the housewife who lives nearby, gave safe harbor to several students, including one boy who was shot in the jaw.

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

It is not clear the motive of the shooting, police say.

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

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