At least 8 people, attackers dead after school shooting in Brazil

Lamar Ellis
March 14, 2019

Before entering the Raul Brasil school in Suzano near Sao Paulo, the former pupils aged 17 and 25 shot and killed the younger assailant's uncle, who owned a auto rental agency where they stole a vehicle.

It was a horrifying scenes in Sao Paulo, Brazil and the adult who was killed was the principal of the Raul Brasil public Grade school. The pair then shot and killed themselves.

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

A man was injured in another shooting near the school earlier, but police said they were still investigating if both cases were connected.

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

- Two young men, wearing hoods and carrying firearms and other weapons, opened fire at a school in southern Brazil on Wednesday, killing eight people before taking their own lives, authorities said.

While gun crime is common in Brazil, shootings of this nature are not. Some of them were said to be in critical condition.

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An amateur video aired by Globo TV showed children screaming, running and begging for their lives as loud shots were heard.

"Eight people died at the scene, including the two assailants who committed suicide", a state military police spokesman said.

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.

Students gathered outside the school recounted harrowing attacks and seeing several bodies lying in pools of blood.

Security cameras from homes near the school showed children jumping over a white wall that surrounds the Raul Brasil building and sprinting down streets, screaming for help.

Far right President Jair Bolsonaro passed a law allowing people to carry arms soon after assuming power in January, delivering on a campaign promise.

Police said they also found a bow and arrow as well as items that appeared to be explosives.

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