Brazil school shooting leaves six dead

Brazil school shooting leaves six dead

More than 8 students has been killed in a shooting and two adults was also killed in the attack at the Rail Brasil State School in Suzano.

At least 17 more students were injured in the shooting and taken to nearby hospitals.

Before entering the Raul Brasil school in Suzano, a city on the eastern outskirts of metropolitan Sao Paulo, the assailants, former pupils aged 17 and 25, shot and killed the owner of a auto rental agency from which they had stolen a vehicle.

Gov. Joao Doria says the two attackers were believed to be between 20 and 25 years old.

"In 34 years as a policeman, it's the first time I see someone use a crossbow like that", police Col. Marcelo Salles said.

"When I arrived at the was chaotic".

Doria said the school had been evacuated and police were inspecting what appeared to be possible explosives left by the gunmen.

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The assailants reportedly were former students of the school, yet the motive of the attack remains unclear.

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

"We stayed there until the door was opened". "They told us to start running".

Horacio Pereira Nunes, a retiree whose house is next to the school, said he began hearing shots around 10 a.m.

"I heard a lot of screaming", she said.

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. He said authorities didn't believe the two were former students.

Far right President Jair Bolsonaro passed a law allowing people to carry arms soon after assuming power in January, delivering on a campaign promise. Soon after being inaugurated January 1, Bolsonaro issued a decree making it easier for people wanting a gun to buy and possess one.

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