Hooded teens shoot, kill 8 people in Brazil school rampage: authorities

Elias Hubbard
March 15, 2019

A teenager who was injured during a shooting inside the Raul Brasil State School, is carried on a gurney into a hospital, in Suzano, Brazil, March 13, 2019. He says authorities don't believe the two were former students.

According to the police official, Two armed and hooded men had attacked in the school and both of them were shot dead.

Horacio Pereira Nunes, whose house is next to the school, said he began hearing shots around 10am.

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.

President Jair Bolsonaro ran on a platform that included promises to crack down on criminals, in part by expanding public access to guns.

Children climbed and jumped over a wall that surrounds the school building, then sprinted down streets, screaming for help, security-camera footage from homes nearby showed.

While gun crime is common in Brazil, shootings of this nature are not.

Two masked former students carrying a variety of deadly weapons burst into a school outside Sao Paulo Wednesday and left a bloodbath before killing themselves.

In a statement, the state's secretary of education had said that the shooter and another teen who was with him had been taken into custody. It was not immediately clear whether the two incidents were linked.

While gun laws are considered strict in Brazil, it is not hard to illegally purchase a weapon.

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

"I was shocked with the scenes I saw inside that school".

"It's a very sad scene, the saddest thing I've seen in my entire life", São Paulo Governor João Doria said.

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