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

Eight killed in Brazil school shooting

Eight killed in Brazil school shooting

Among the dead are six school children, two school officials and a person who was standing just outside the school at a nearby carwash, according to Sao Paulo police.

In 2011, 12 students were killed by a gunman who roamed the halls of a school in Rio de Janeiro, shooting at them.

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

He said it was not yet known whether the assailants were former pupils at the school.

School shootings are rare in Brazil, even though the country is one of the world's most violent, with more annual homicides than any other.

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 extremely strict in Brazil, it is not hard to illegally purchase a weapon.

Eight people have been killed in a school shooting in Brazil.

Security camera footage from the school's entrance published on the website of O Globo newspaper showed Monteiro entering the school around 9:30 a.m.

Castro entered the school a few seconds later and put a crossbow and backpack on the floor.

Students flooded into the entrance foyer, running into Monteiro.

She managed to escape, and students frantically scrambled out of the school.

Police said they had not found a motive for the deadly incident. Local media reported that they turned their weapons on themselves after killing at least five students and an adult.

The school has primary and secondary students, and the identities of the victims and the alleged attackers have not yet been released. "It is the saddest thing I have seen in my life".

Sao Paulo State Governor Joao Doria said four children and two members of staff were among the dead.

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