Brazil school shooting: Deadly attack in São Paulo
March 14, 2019 5:18 am
Two gunmen have opened fire at a school in south-eastern Brazil, killing at least six students and two employees, officials say.
The shooting happened at about 09:30 local time (12:30 GMT) when the students were on a break at the state school in Suzano, near São Paulo.
The gunmen wearing face masks, aged 17 and 25, killed themselves after the attack, according to police.
While gun crime is common in Brazil, shootings of this nature are not.
Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who took office in January, has signed a decree making it easier for law-abiding citizens to own a gun, a key campaign promise, even though many restrictions remain in place.
The motive for the shooting is not clear. Police say they found a revolver, a bow and arrow and items that appeared to be explosives.