Saturday, 23 March, 2019

Brazil school shooting: Deadly attack in São Paulo

A teenager who was injured during the shooting is carried on a gurney into a hospital More A teenager who was injured during the shooting is carried on a gurney into a hospital More
Jeannette Daniel | 14 March, 2019, 05:54

The men, identified as former students at the school in a suburb of Sao Paulo, also shot and killed the owner of a used vehicle business nearby before launching the attack on the school, authorities said.

"The big question is: What was the motivation of these former students?" de Castro said.

The attack took place during a recess period for some students, authorities said. The pair eventually shot and killed themselves.

Marcelo Salles, commander of police in São Paulo state, said that in over three decades of service, he had "never seen anything like this, it was an unspeakably brutal crime".

Police work at the scene of a shooting at a school in Suzano, Sao Paulo metropolitan region, Brazil.

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

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

"We stayed there until the door was opened".

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Police say they found a revolver, a bow and arrow and items that appeared to be explosives inside.

Horacio Pereira Nunes, a retiree whose house is next to the school, said he began hearing shots around 10 a.m. "I only left when the police arrived", teacher Sandra Perez told O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper (in Portuguese).

The Raul Brasil Professor public school has more than 1,600 students from elementary to high school grades, teachers gathered outside said.

Brazil, the biggest nation in Latin America, has the largest number of homicide deaths in the world each year.

Brazil's new President Jair Bolsonaro recently announced that gun ownership controls would be loosened.

Governor Joao Doria said the two attackers were believed to be between 20 and 25 years old, adding that authorities do not believe they were former students. Soon after being inaugurated January 1, Bolsonaro issued a decree making it easier for people wanting a gun to buy and possess one.

The names and identities of the victims and the attacks have yet to be released and the motive for the attack is not clear.

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