Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Brazil school shooting leaves six dead

Brazil school shooting leaves six dead

Two heavily-armed young men wearing masks and hoods entered Raul Brasil State School and fired at students and staff, according to the country's military police, reports CNN.

Two former pupils shot dead eight people, a lot of them students and staff, at a high school near Sao Paulo on Wednesday before turning their weapons on themselves, authorities said.

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

Ten people, including the two attackers, were killed in total, Sao Paulo police said.

The attackers appeared to be in their early to mid-20s, and authorities don't believe they were former students, the governor said. Police arrived eight minutes after the shooting started and did not confront the gunmen, who had already killed themselves, he said.

Eight people - including six students - have been shot and killed by two hooded men at a school in Brazil.

Students at the school range in age from 11 to 18, officials said.

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

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

Despite strict weapon laws, gun crime is rampant in Brazil, yet school shootings are a rare occurrence.

While gun laws are considered strict in Brazil, 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.

Besides the five students, the dead included a teacher and a school administrator, said Joao Camilo Pires de Campos, the state's public secretary.

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

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