Brazil school shooting leaves six dead

Brazil school shooting leaves six dead

Sao Paulo Governor Joao Doria said as he stood outside the school that "our solidarity goes out to the families of the victims".

Around 15 people were injured in the shooting at the Raul Brasil public school in Suzano, south-east Brazil.

A shooting at a school near Sao Paulo on Wednesday left 10 people dead, state military police said, before the two shooters turned their weapons on themselves.

In 2011, 12 students were killed by a gunman who roamed the halls of a school in Rio de Janeiro, shooting at them.

Brazil is one of the most violent countries in the world with 64,000 murders in 2017, a rate of nearly 31 per 100,000 inhabitants - that's three times higher than the level the United Nations classifies as endemic violence.

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.

Police officers guard the entrance of the school.

Doria says the dead included two teachers and six students, and several more people had been hospitalized after sustaining injuries.

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

"Then a lot of kids started running out, all screaming", he said.

"The school is on lockdown", he said.

Authorities identified the attackers as 17-year-old Guilherme Taucci Monteiro and 25-year-old Henrique de Castro.

At least nine people were killed at a Brazilian elementary school where two young men were seen entering the building and firing weapons early on Wednesday, according to Sao Paulo police.

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

About 1,000 children attend the school, police said.

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