Eight killed in school shooting in Brazil, police say

At least nine people were killed on March 13, 2019 when two teenagers opened fire at a school in Suzano, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, at 9:30 a.m.; the boys then killed themselves.

The men, identified as former students at the school in a suburb of Sao Paulo, also shot and killed the owner of a used auto business nearby before launching the attack on the school, authorities said.

"When I arrived at the school.it was chaotic".

The names and identities of the victims and the attacks have yet to be released and the motive for the attack is not clear.

Sao Paulo state governor João Doria said after visiting the school: "It's a very sad scene, the saddest thing I've seen in my entire life".

Television pictures showed anxious family members congregating outside the Raul Brasil school in the greater Sao Paulo area, alongside firefighters and security services. He says authorities don't believe the two were former students.

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".

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The school has about 1000 primary and secondary students aged between six and 18, and a language centre.

It's not the first mass school shooting in Brazil's history.

It's not the first mass school shooting in Brazil's history.

The Raul Brasil Professor public school has more than 1,600 students from elementary to high school grades, teachers gathered outside said.

School shootings are rare in Brazil, although the country is one of the world's most violent with more annual homicides than any other.

By midday Wednesday, officials confirmed 10 people were killed.

Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who took office in January, has signed a decree making it easier for law-abiding citizens to own a gun, a key campaign promise, even though many restrictions remain in place.

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