At least 8 people killed in school shooting in Sao Paulo

At least 8 people killed in school shooting in Sao Paulo

Police say that after de Castro and Monteiro shot and killed the owner of a nearby vehicle rental, they then killed five students and two employees at the Professor Raul Brasil school in Suzano, Brazil.

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

Sao Paulo: At least eight people were killed at a Brazil school on Wednesday.

Latin America's largest nation has the largest number of annual homicides in the world, but school shootings are rare. The two gunmen committed suicide later.

The two adolescent attackers, who were wearing face masks, killed themselves after the rampage, officials said.

Police arrived at the scene about eight minutes after they were called and evacuated the school.

A teenager who was injured during a shooting inside the Raul Brasil State School, is carried on a gurney into a hospital, in Suzano, Brazil, March 13, 2019.

Police officers guard the entrance of the school
Police officers guard the entrance of the school

Police officers guard the entrance of the Raul Brasil State School in Suzano, Brazil, on Wednesday.

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

They first shot an education coordinator and a supervisor before opening fire on students in the schoolyard, according to police.

Far-right leader Bolsonaro controversially passed a law relaxing gun ownership rules soon after assuming power in January, delivering on a campaign promise. One student was shot in the back and another had suffered injuries to a knee.

"I went to the place and was shocked by what I saw, our solidarity to all", Doria told reporters.

São Paulo state governor João Doria tweeted that the victims had been "cruelly murdered".

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