Brazil gunmen kill eight people and themselves in school shooting rampage

Police work at the scene of the shooting on Wednesday More

Eight people - including six students - have been shot and killed by two hooded men at a school in Brazil.

The men, identified as former students at the school in a suburb of Sao Paulo, also shot and killed the owner of a used vehicle business nearby before launching the attack on the school, authorities said.

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

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

Brazil, the biggest nation in Latin America, has the largest number of homicide deaths in the world each year.

The attack comes after Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced that the country's gun ownership controls would be eased.

Despite strict weapon laws, gun crime is rampant in Brazil, yet school shootings are a rare occurrence.

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Earlier in the day, a man was injured in another shooting near the school, but police are investigating to see whether both cases are connected.

The public school, Raul Brasil Professor (translated in English), has more than 1,600 students from elementary to high school grades, teachers gathered outside said. It was not immediately clear whether the two incidents were linked.

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

Gonçalves, the housewife who lives nearby, gave safe harbor to several students, including one boy who was shot in the jaw.

Students gathered outside the school recounted harrowing attacks and seeing several bodies lying in pools of blood.

Police arrived eight minutes after the shooting started, and the attackers were already dead, Salles said.

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

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