Ex-students attack school in Brazil killing 5 students, 2 adults

14 Mars, 2019, 05:53 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau

At least 17 other people, mostly children, were also shot at the Raul Brasil elementary school and taken to hospitals, police said in a written statement.

Marilene Gonçalves, a 51-year-old housewife who lives near the school, went outside when she heard gunshots and screams.

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

The assailants were trying to force their way inside a room at the back of the school where many students were hiding when police arrived.

Before entering the Raul Brasil school in Suzano near Sao Paulo, the former pupils aged 17 and 25 shot and killed the younger assailant's uncle, who owned a auto rental agency where they stole a vehicle.

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. - A shooting at a school near Sao Paulo on Wednesday left several people dead, police sources said, with initial reports putting the death toll as high as ten, including two shooters.

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The shooting took place at the Raul Brasil State School in Suzano, Sao Paulo, at around 9:30am local time (12:30pm GMT).

During the attack, Monteiro opened fire with a.38 caliber handgun and de Castro used a crossbow, de Campos said, adding that forensics would determine how each of the victims died.

Among the dead were five school children, one adult who worked at the building, one person who was standing just outside the school and the two adolescent shooters, police said.

Inside the school, police officials found a handgun and bottles that appeared to be Molotov cocktails, known as bottle bombs.

Crime scene photographs released by police show Monteiro, his head lying in a pool of blood, dressed in black with a machete tucked in his trousers.

President Jair Bolsonaro ran on a platform that included promises to crack down on criminals, in part by expanding public access to guns.

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