Teenage gunmen kill 8 students, 1 staff in Brazil school shooting

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Brazilian police cordon off the area
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Two teenagers have opened fire at a school in south-eastern Brazil, killing at least seven students and one employee, police say.


The shooting happened at about 09:30 local time (12:30 GMT) when the students were on a break at the state school in Suzano, near São Paulo.

At least 10 other people have been wounded. Police say the hooded gunmen killed themselves after the attack.

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


Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who took office in January, has signed a decree making it easier for law-abiding citizens to own a gun, a key campaign promise, even though many restrictions remain in place.

The identities of the victims and the alleged attackers – who were said to be former students at the school – have not yet been released. The motive for the shooting is not clear, police say.

The school has some 1,000 primary and secondary students, aged between six and 18, and is located in downtown Suzano, some 50km (31 miles) from São Paulo.


“It’s a very sad scene, the saddest thing I’ve seen in my entire life. The teenagers who were brutally murdered,” São Paulo state governor João Doria said after visiting the school.

Only secondary students were reportedly at the school at the time of the shooting.

“I was in the classroom during our break. I thought [the sound] was from bombs. When I realized they were gunshots, I stayed there. I only left when the police arrived,” teacher Sandra Perez told O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper (in Portuguese).


A man was injured in another shooting near the school earlier, but police say they are still investigating if both cases are connected.

The last major school shooting in Brazil happened in 2011, when 12 students were shot dead by a gunman in Rio de Janeiro.

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