Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

At least ten killed in deadly school shooting in Brazil

At least ten killed in deadly school shooting in Brazil

A shooting at a school near Sao Paulo on Wednesday left several people dead, police sources said, with initial reports putting the death toll as high as eight.

More than 8 students has been killed in a shooting and two adults was also killed in the attack at the Rail Brasil State School in Suzano.

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

Policemen are seen at the Raul Brasil school after a shooting in Suzano, Sao Paulo state, Brazil March 13, 2019. 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.

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

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

The attackers were trying to force their way inside a room at the back of the school where many students were hiding when police arrived.

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

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

"Then a lot of kids started running out, all screaming", he said.

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

"We can't let those who take advantage of this tragedy speak about how disarmament is the solution", he tweeted, adding: "Weak and shameful 'disarmament farce, ' which gave guns to criminals and prevented self-defence".

Instead of face police, they turned their weapons on themselves, authorities said without elaborating. "It is the saddest thing I have seen in my life".

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