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Brazil school shooting: Deadly attack in São Paulo

Brazil school shooting: Deadly attack in São Paulo”

The state government of Sao Paulo says two youths armed with guns and wearing hoods entered the school and began shooting at students and then killed themselves.

The two shooters committed suicide after the rampage at the school in Suzo, a community near Sao Paulo, the police said.

At least 17 other people, mostly children, were also shot and taken to hospital, police said in a written statement.

The age of the attackers was estimated to be between 20 and 25 years old, and authorities don't believe they were former students, the governor said.

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

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".

"I have just received the sad news that children were cruelly murdered in the state school Professor Raul Brasil, in Suzano".

"The school is on lockdown", he said.

"My friend was stabbed in the shoulder and my other friend was shot", she 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.

The unidentified gunmen, who appeared to be between 20 and 25 years of age, shot and killed a worker at a nearby vehicle wash before their attack at the Raul Brasil school, police said.

Gun laws are strict in Brazil, but it is not hard to purchase a weapon illegally.

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



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