8 killed in mass shooting in southern Brazil school

Brazil school shooting: Deadly attack in São Paulo

Brazil school shooting: Deadly attack in São Paulo

Another 10 people, mostly school children, were shot and injured, with several in serious condition, said police. "He stopped going to school ... because of this", she said.

A soldier of the military police battalion and his dog take part in an instructional exercise with officers of an elite unit of the French police, who is responsible for anti-terrorist actions in France, at Terminal 1 of the Tom Jobim International Airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 25, 2016.

Sao Paulo Governor Joao Doria said as he stood outside the school, "I was shocked with the scenes I saw inside that school".

Latin America's most populous nation has the largest number of annual homicides in the world, but school shootings are rare.

Sao Paulo Commander of Police Forces Marcelo Salles said that the gunmen used "at least one.38 caliber pistol, along with homemade bombs and a crossbow" in an attack that was an "unspeakably brutal crime".

In addition to the five kids, one adult who worked at the Professor Raul Brasil school in Suzano, on the outskirts of São Paulo, was killed as well as a person standing outside the building.

President Jair Bolsonaro ran on a platform that included promises to crack down on criminals, in part by expanding public access to guns.

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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.

Only secondary students were reportedly at the school at the time of the shooting.

The attack took place during a recess period for some students, authorities said.

Doria said the school had been evacuated and police were inspecting possible explosives left by the shooters.

Crime scene photographs released by police show Monteiro, his head lying in a pool of blood, dressed in black with a machete tucked in his trousers.

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

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