Eight killed in Sao Paulo school shooting

The men, identified as former students at the school in a suburb of Sao Paulo, also shot and killed the owner of a used auto business nearby before launching the attack on the school, authorities said.

Police said the two men, who they did not believe were former students at the school, entered the building and started shooting at about 9:30 a.m. local time.

The attackers targeted the Professor Raul Brasil state school in Suzano, near the city of Sao Paulo.

Police of that area is on high alert and two helicopters were dispatched to assist the cops.

The governor of Sao Paulo says two young men, wearing hoods and carrying several weapons, opened fired at a school in southern Brazil, killing eight people before taking their own lives.

Before launching their attack, Guilherme Taucci Monteiro, 17, and 25-year-old Henrique de Castro shot and killed the owner of a used vehicle business near the school, authorities said.

After shooting at students in the yard, the attackers headed to the language centre where several pupils were hiding and "committed suicide in a corridor", Sales said.

Ten people, including the gunmen, were killed in total, Sao Paulo police said.

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Despite strict weapon laws, gun crime is rampant in Brazil, yet school shootings are a rare occurrence.

Speaking a few blocks from the public school in Suzano, Mr Doria said: "The school is on lockdown".

It's not the first mass school shooting in Brazil's history.

"I heard a lot of screaming", she said.

Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro made relaxing gun control a cornerstone of his campaign a year ago. Five children are reportedly among the dead, as well as a school employee and a passerby.

Salles said the gunmen used at least one.38 caliber pistol, along with homemade bombs and a crossbow.

Police say they found a revolver, a bow and arrow and items that appeared to be explosives inside.

"It's a very sad scene, the saddest thing I've seen in my entire life".

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