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At least 8 people killed in a school shooting in Brazil

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Jeannette Daniel | 15 March, 2019, 17:29

Two masked adolescent gunmen killed at least seven people and wounded around 17 other people at an elementary school in Brazil's São Paulo on Wednesday before killing themselves, The Rio Times reported.

A shooting at a school near Sao Paulo on Wednesday left several people dead, police sources said, with initial reports putting the death toll as high as eight. He said authorities do not believe the two were former students.

The shooters arrived at the school during the lunch break, police said.

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

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

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

While gun crime is common in Brazil, mass shootings like this nature are not.

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According to local authorities the youths, identified as former students, took their own lives shortly after their shooting spree.

The motive for the shooting is not clear, police say.

Gonçalves, the housewife who lives nearby, gave safe harbor to several students, including one boy who was shot in the jaw.

During the attack, Monteiro opened fire with a.38 caliber handgun and de Castro used a crossbow, de Campos said, adding that forensics would determine how each of the victims died.

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

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

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