Brazil school shooting: Deadly attack in São Paulo

Clay Curtis
March 13, 2019

At least nine people were killed on March 13, 2019 when two teenagers opened fire at a school in Suzano, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, at 9:30 a.m.; the boys then killed themselves. Before Wednesday, the last school shooting in Brazil occurred in 2011 when 12 children were killed by a former student in a Rio de Janeiro school.

At least 17 other people, mostly children, were also shot at the Raul Brasil elementary school and taken to hospitals, police said in a written statement.

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

Ten people, including the gunmen, were killed in total, Sao Paulo police said.

About 1,000 children attend the school, police said.

Television pictures showed anxious family members congregating outside the Raul Brasil school in the greater Sao Paulo area, alongside firefighters and security services.

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Latin America's largest nation has the largest number of annual homicides in the world, but school shootings are rare.

Sao Paulo Governor Joao Doria said as he stood outside the school that "our solidarity goes out to the families of the victims".

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

Another shooting that took place about 500 metres from the school happened before the killings, but it was not yet clear if the two incidents were linked.

However, current Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro signed a temporary decree in January that made it easier for citizens to buy guns in an effort to overturn the strict regulations of the past.

While gun laws are considered strict in Brazil, it is not hard to illegally purchase a weapon.

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