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Five children feared dead in Brazil school shooting

Local media are reporting that at least eight people have been shot dead.

The shootings took place at a school in Sao Paulo
The shootings took place at a school in Sao Paulo
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A SHOOTING AT a school near Sao Paulo has left several people dead, police sources said, with initial reports putting the death toll as high as eight.

Sao Paulo’s state military police department told AFP that “several people were shot” when two assailants entered the institution in Suzano and opened fire.

Military police Colonel Marcelo Sales has said that two assailants entered 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 two men headed to the language centre where several pupils were hiding and “committed suicide in a corridor,” Sales said.

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 the southeast of the country. 

Television pictures showed worried family members congregating outside the Raul Brasil school in the greater Sao Paulo area, alongside firefighters and security services.

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The attack took place at around 9.30am during a recess period for some students, authorities said.

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