SUZANO, Brazil (Reuters) – Two gunmen wearing facial masks entered a Brazilian school on Wednesday and shot and killed at least five teenagers who were on their snacks, as well as two school officials, before killing their weapons in depth, police.
A student reacts in front of Raul Brasil school after a shooting in Suzano, Sao Paulo, Brazil, March 13, 2019. REUTERS / Amanda Perobelli
Before joining Raul Brasil school in Sao Paulo Suzano, the abusers aged 17 and 25 years and both former students shot and killed the owner of a car rental agency for which they had stolen a vehicle.
Ten people, including the weapons, were killed in total, police said in Sao Paulo. The students who died were mostly 15 and 16 years old.
It was not yet known why the weapons attacked the school, where about 1000 children aged 11-16 are taking classes.
Marcelo Salles, commander of the police forces in the Sao Paulo state, spoke just outside the school and said that during his three decades of service, he had "never seen anything like this, it was an undoubtedly brutal crime".  Salles said the weapons used at least a .38 caliber gun and speed loader, along with an elbow and home-made bombs.
Another ten people, mostly schoolchildren, were shot and injured and several were in serious condition, police said, lowering their estimates for the number of children killed and those injured late on Wednesday afternoon.
The police arrived eight minutes after the shot started and did not confront the weapons that had already killed themselves, said Salles.
School shooting is rare in Brazil, even though the country is one of the world's most violent, with more annual murders than anyone else. The last major school shooting was 2011 when 12 children were run by a former student in Rio de Janeiro.
While pistol laws are extremely strict in Brazil, it is not difficult to illegally buy a weapon.
A homemade video taken during shooting and aired by Globo TV showed that children screamed, ran and asked for their lives when loud shots were heard around.
Security cameras from homes near the school showed children climbing and jumping over a white wall surrounding the Raul Brazil building and sprinting down streets and screaming for help.
Sao Paulo Governor Joao Doria said when he was outside school that "our solidarity goes out to the families of the victims".
"I was shocked by the scenes I saw inside that school," Doria said. "It's the sadest thing I've seen in my life."
The police said that the two men went into the building and started shooting at 9:30 am at local time.
Another shot took place about 500 meters from the Raul Brasil school just before the school murder, but it was not yet clear if the two events were related.
Reporting by Lais Martins and Leonardo Benassatto in Suzano, Brad Brooks in Sao Paulo and Pedro Fonseca in Rio de Janeiro; Further reporting by Caroline Mandl in Sao Paulo; Writing by Brad Brooks; Editing by Bernadette Baum