- At least six people, including five students, have been killed in a school shooting outside of Sao Paulo.
- The shooters killed themselves after the attack, according to Brazilian media.
- School shootings are relatively rare in Brazil.
At least eight people have been killed in Brazil after two men opened fire in a school in Sao Paulo state on Wednesday.
The shooters killed themselves after finishing the attack at Professor Raul Brasil, a public elementary and middle school in Suzano, the news portal G1 reported.
It reported their names as Guilherme Taucci Monteiro, 17, and Henrique de Castro, 25.
Five victims are students, two are school employees, and at least 23 were taken to the hospital, the outlet said.
Authorities found weapons, a bow and arrow, Molotov cocktails and a briefcase full of cables in the school.
Rosni Marcelo, a 15-year-old student who witnessed the attack, told G1 that one assailant had a weapon and the other had a knife. Marcelo said he was nearly stabbed, but managed to escape.
“I went to the principal’s office, and there were a lot of dead people on the ground. They were yelling, but I couldn’t understand them,” he said.
A neighbour, who gave his name as Juliano, told the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper that the shooting happened shortly after classes started in the morning.
“When I arrived, there was chaos. Many children ran out covered in blood. Absolute despair: Teachers and employees were all running,” he said.
Police and fire fighters arrived at the scene where students and employees stood outside the school crying, G1 reported.
Sao Paulo governor Joao Doria has tweeted that he will take a helicopter to the crime scene.
“I cleared my schedule, and we are on the way to Suzano to follow the rescue and treatment of the victims,” he said.
School shootings are relatively rare in Brazil. The last shooting in a Rio de Janeiro school in 2011 caused outrage in the South American nation.
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