Eight killed in school shooting in Brazil, police say

Brazil school shooting leaves six dead

Relatives are seen in front of the Raul Brasil school after a shooting in Suzano, Sao Paulo state, Brazil 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 school has students ranging from six-to-18 years old.

Governor of Sao Paulo, Joao Doria, condemned the "cruel murder" The official arrived at the shooting scene shortly after the incident.

Eight people have been killed in a school shooting in Brazil.

The school located in Suzano, 50km from São Paulo, has around 1,000 primary and secondary students, aged between 11 and 15. "We thought it was the shooters coming to get us, but it was the police", she said.

Teacher Sandra Perez told O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper: "I was in the classroom during our break".

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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. When I realised they were gunshots, I stayed there.

Sao Paulo Commander of Police Forces Marcelo Salles said that the gunmen used "at least one.38 caliber pistol, along with homemade bombs and a crossbow" in an attack that was an "unspeakably brutal crime".

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

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

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

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

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