SAO PAULO (AFP) - former students shot lifeless 8 people, most of them college students and group of workers, at a high college close to Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Wednesday earlier than turning their weapons on themselves, authorities said.

the 2 assailants burst into the school grounds in the early morning, armed with a .38 caliber revolver and a "medieval weapon that looked like a bow and arrows," military police Colonel Marcelo sales stated.

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After shooting at students in the backyard, the killers headed to the language center in which several scholars had been hiding and "committed suicide in a corridor," he stated.

Brazil is one of the most violent international locations within the international, and the victims in this situation had been five college students aged 15 to 17, two college officials elderly 38 and fifty nine, and a 51-yr-old carwash proprietor who became shot with the aid of the attackers before they arrived on the faculty, said Sao Paulo’s Public safety Secretary Joao Pires de Campos.

11 different humans have been wounded in the shooting at the Raul Brasil public school in Suzano, at the outskirts of Sao Paulo in southeast Brazil.

"It’s the saddest issue I’ve ever seen," said Sao Paulo nation Governor Joao Doria.

Tearful residents later held a street mass near the college, where flora and candles commemorated the dead.

President Jair Bolsonaro expressed his sympathies on Twitter to "the families of this inhumane attack," describing it as "a monstrosity and substantial cowardice."

the 2 assailants, who wore hoods, had been recognized as former students aged 17 and 25. The reasons for the attack are unknown.

Screams of terrified scholars 


worried family participants quickly arrived on the college alongside firefighters and security offerings.

"i discovered out while my daughter referred to as me and stated: ‘Mommy, come quick, there are injured people, dead people’," stated the mom of 1 student, who gave her call handiest as Rosa.

The attack occurred at round 9:30 am (1230 GMT) during a recess length for a few students, authorities said.

website UO1 stated the 2 killers "entered the college capturing with their heads included through a hood."

another internet site, G1, published a grainy video purportedly taken in the college wherein the screams of terrified scholars may be heard as they come across dead classmates.

"We locked ourselves in a study room," said Milene Querren Cardoso.

"We attempted to assist every other until the door opened and we notion it turned into the criminals coming for us; however no, it changed into the police... And we ran out."

GloboNews showed video photos of pupils fleeing the scene after escaping over a wall.

education Minister Ricardo Velez posted a announcement offering "team spirit with the dad and mom, households and group of workers at the faculty in this moment of surprise, mourning and ache."

‘Encouraging violence’ 


It isn't the primary mass college capturing in Brazil’s history.

In April 2011, a former pupil killed a dozen faculty youngsters and injured many greater earlier than turning his gun on himself at a school in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro.

Brazil had sixty four,000 murders in 2017 -- a price of virtually 31 in line with one hundred,000 population, or 3 instances better than the level the United nations classifies as endemic violence.

a ways-proper leader Bolsonaro controversially surpassed a regulation relaxing gun ownership regulations quickly after assuming strength in January, turning in on a marketing campaign promise. He has additionally spoken out in prefer of permitting humans to carry guns at the streets.

Politicians and social media users had been quick to discuss whether or not Bolsonaro’s measures, or photographs from comparable such mass shootings on US faculty and university campuses, were in charge for this assault.

Gleisi Hoffmann, president of the opposition employees celebration, said: "Tragedies like this are the result of encouraging violence and the liberation of using weapons."

however vice chairman Hamilton Mourao brushed off any concept Bolsonaro’s coverage become guilty.

"Are you suggesting the gun the ones guys had turned into prison? It’s were given not anything to do with it," he stated, although acknowledging that the difficulty would be discussed.