Victims killed, injured during school shooting in Brazil

Clay Curtis
March 14, 2019

Police told Globo TV that another shooting took place nearby shortly before the killings at the school, which about 1,000 students attend, but it was not yet clear if the two incidents were related.

Military police Colonel Marcelo Sales said two assailants burst into the school grounds in the early morning, armed with a.38 caliber revolver and a "medieval weapon that looked like a bow and arrows".

"This is the saddest day of my life", de Campos said, speaking to reporters outside the school in the Sao Paulo suburb of Suzano.

Police of that area is on high alert and two helicopters were dispatched to assist the cops.

Two former students opened fire at a Brazilian school on Wednesday and killed at least five teenagers as well as two school officials before committing suicide in an attack that police said was inspired by the 1999 Columbine massacre in the United States.

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

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

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In 2011, 12 students were killed by a gunman who roamed the halls of a school in Rio de Janeiro, shooting at them. "I opened the gate to my house, and I saw children jumping over the school's wall", she said.

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

Doria said the school had been evacuated and police were inspecting possible explosives left by the shooters.

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.

"A monstrosity and cowardness without equal", Bolsonaro wrote in a tweet expressing his sympathies for the families of the victims of Wednesday's attacks.

Gun laws are strict in Brazil, but it is not hard to purchase a weapon illegally.

Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro made relaxing gun control a cornerstone of his campaign a year ago.

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