Deadly school shooting reported in São Paulo

Deadly school shooting reported in São Paulo

Deadly school shooting reported in São Paulo

Sao Paulo state authorities say eight people have been killed in a school shooting in Brazil, including two student shooters.

The shooting happened at around 9.30am local time, and police state that after the men finished shooting, they turned the guns on themselves.

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

It is not the first mass school shooting in Brazil's history.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tweeted his sympathies for the victims and their families, calling the crime "a monstrosity and cowardness without equal".

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Some 1,000 children aged 10 to 15 attend primary and secondary school.

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

Sao Paulo´s state military police department told AFP that "several people were shot" when "an individual" entered the institution in Suzano and opened fire.

The deceased include five students, one school employee and a purported passerby.

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.

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The wounded student could not speak.

Police arrived eight minutes after the shooting started, and the attackers were already dead, Salles said.

Crime scene photographs released by police show Monteiro, his head lying in a pool of blood, dressed in black with a machete tucked in his trousers.

"We still can not tell if the cases are related", said Captain Cibele Marsolla, of the military police's communication department.

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

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Sao Paulo Governor Joao Doria declared three days of mourning following the incident.

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