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Brazil school shooting: Deadly attack in São Paulo

 School where the shooting took place

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The gunmen opened four when the students were in a break, witnesses say
                Two teenagers have opened fire at a school in south eastern Brazil, killing at least seven students and one employee, police say.

The shooting happened at about 09:30 local time (1

2:30 GMT) when the Students at a state school in Suzano near São Paulo

At least 10 other people have been wounded. Police say the hooded gunmen killed themselves after the attack.

While gun crime is common in Brazil, shootings of this nature are not.

The school has some 1,000 primary and secondary students, aged between six and 18.

  • Why are there so many murders in Brazil? 19659012] The identities of the victims and the alleged attackers – who were said to be students at the school – have not been released.

    The motive for the shooting is not clear, police say.

    "I was in the classroom during our break. I thought [the sound] was from bombs. When I realized they were gunshots, I stayed there. I only left when the police arrived," teacher Sandra Perez told O Estado de S .Pdf newspaper (in Portuguese).

    São Paulo state governor João Doria tweeted that the victim had been "cruelly murdered".

    "When I arrived at the school … it was chaotic. Teachers, workers, everybody was running, "Juliano Simões de Santana, who lives near the school, told Folha de S.Paulo newspaper (in Portuguese).

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