Brazil school shooting: 10 people, including 6 children, killed in deadly attack
Reports stated out of the four adults killed, one adult worked at the building while the other two were the hooded shooters, the fourth was standing outside the school
Two young men reportedly opened fire inside a Brazilian elementary school, killing at least 10 people, including six children on Wednesday, Sao Paulo police said. Out of the adults killed, one adult worked at the building while the other two were the hooded shooters, according to Reuters. The other person killed was standing just outside the school.
The school has around 1,000 primary and secondary students, aged between six and 18. 17 were injured in the incident at the Raul Brasil elementary school, mostly children. The injured were rushed to nearby hospitals, however, their health conditions are currently not known.
Children killed in school shooting near Sao Paulo in Brazil, governor confirms https://t.co/oPdFQhR83X— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) March 13, 2019
Brazil rarely sees school shootings, however, reports stated Brazil witnesses more annual homicides than any other country in the world. The last major shooting in the country occurred in 2011, where 12 children were shot dead by a former student at a school in Rio de Janeiro.
It is not very difficult to purchase a weapon in the country despite strict gun laws. São Paulo state governor João Doria confirmed the incident and multiple deaths on Twitter, saying the victims had been "cruelly murdered".
Acabo de receber a triste notícia de que crianças foram cruelmente assassinadas na escola estadual Professor Raul Brasil, em Suzano. Até o momento temos informações preliminares. Cancelei toda agenda e estamos a caminho de Suzano p/ acompanhar o resgate e atendimento aos feridos.— João Doria (@jdoriajr) March 13, 2019
According to police officials, two shooters wearing face masks entered the building Wednesday at about 9:30 a.m. local time and opened fire. The gunmen eventually shot and killed themselves before authorities could reach them.
Officials, while talking to Globo TV network, said another shooting had occurred Wednesday nearly 500 meters from Raul Brasil school, shortly before the killings. It is not yet clear whether the two incidents are related.
Police officials have launched an investigation into the case. The motive of the attack remains unclear. However, it was reported that the shooters were former students at the school.
This is a developing story. More details of the incident are awaited.