8 killed in mass shooting at southern Brazil school

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 15, 2019

The school has primary and secondary students, and the identities of the victims and the alleged attackers have not yet been released.

Inside the school, police officials found a handgun and bottles that appeared to be Molotov cocktails, known as bottle bombs. "It's horrendous ... an unspeakably brutal crime".

Marilene Gonçalves, a 51-year-old housewife, said she saw children fleeing the school, and that she gave safe harbour to several, including one boy who was shot in the jaw.

Police and firemen work at the scene of a shooting at a school in Suzano, Sao Paulo metropolitan region, Brazil, on March 13, 2019.

Police say they shot at students in a gym and fired at others who were enjoying a snack break.

Website G1 published a grainy video purportedly taken inside the school in which the screams of terrified pupils can be heard as they come across dead classmates.

Globo said there was no information immediately available about the shooters' connection to the school or a reason for the attack.

A shooting at a school near Sao Paulo on Wednesday left eight people dead, state military police said, before the two shooters turned their weapons on themselves.

Investigators are looking for a motive.

Kelly Milene Guerra Cardoso, 16, said she and other students took refuge in the school's cafeteria, locked the door and lay on the floor. The shooting happened in the city of Medianeira in the state of Parana.

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

Bolsonaro campaigned previous year on a law-and-order platform while promising to relax gun controls.

Despite Brazil being one of the world's most violent countries, school shootings are rare.

The last major incident was in 2011 when 12 students were gunned down in a school in Rio de Janeiro.

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