Two assailants opened fire inside a school near Sao Paulo yesterday, killing eight people including four children before turning their weapons on themselves, authorities said.
Military police Colonel Marcelo Sales said two 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.”
After shooting at students in the yard, the killers headed to the language center where several pupils were hiding and “committed suicide in a corridor,” Sales said. “Eight people died at the scene, including the two assailants,” a state military police spokesman said. “Two injured people died after being taken to hospital.”
Around 15 others were injured in the shooting, which took place at the Raul Brasil public school in Suzano, on the outskirts of Sao Paulo in southeast Brazil. Sao Paulo State Governor Joao Doria said four children and two members of staff were among the dead. “It’s saddest thing I’ve ever seen,” Doria added.
He said it was not yet known whether the assailants were former pupils at the school. Worried family members congregated outside alongside firefighters and security services, an AFP photographer at the scene said.