At least 8 people, attackers dead after school shooting in Brazil

Brazil school shooting leaves six dead

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.

The dead included six students and two teachers, and several other people were hospitalized with injuries, according to Gov. Joao Doria, speaking a few blocks from the public school in Suzano, a suburb of Sao Paulo, Brazil's largest city.

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

After shooting at students in the yard, the killers "headed to the language center" where several pupils were hiding and "committed suicide in a corridor", added Sales.

The school located in Suzano, 50km from São Paulo, has around 1,000 primary and secondary students, aged between 11 and 15.

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The attackers appeared to be in their early to mid-20s, and authorities don't believe they were former students, the governor said. "I thought [the sound] was from bombs", said teacher Sandra Perez. When I realized they were gunshots, I stayed there.

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.

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

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.

The unidentified gunmen, who appeared to be between 20 and 25 years of age, shot and killed a worker at a nearby auto wash before their attack at the Raul Brasil school, police said.