SUZANO, Brazil — Two masked males armed with weapons, knives, axes and crossbows descended on a faculty in southern Brazil on Wednesday, killing 5 college students and two adults earlier than taking their very own lives, authorities mentioned.
The boys, recognized as former college students on the college in a suburb of Sao Paulo, additionally shot and killed the proprietor of a used automobile enterprise close by earlier than launching the assault on the varsity, authorities mentioned.
Apart from the 5 college students, the useless included a trainer and a faculty administrator, mentioned Joao Camilo Pires de Campos, the state’s public secretary. 9 others have been wounded within the college assault and hospitalized, he mentioned.
“That is the saddest day of my life,” de Campos mentioned, chatting with reporters outdoors the varsity within the Sao Paulo suburb of Suzano.
Authorities recognized the attackers as 17-year-old Guilherme Taucci Monteiro and 25-year-old Henrique de Castro.
“The large query is: what was the motivation of those former college students?” de Castro mentioned.
Monteiro opened hearth with a .38 caliber handgun and de Castro used a crossbow, de Campos mentioned, including that forensics would decide how the victims died.
The attackers have been additionally carrying Molotov cocktails, knives and axes, authorities mentioned.
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“In 34 years as a policeman, it’s the primary time I see somebody use a crossbow like that,” police Col. Marcelo Salles mentioned. “It’s horrendous.”
The attackers have been making an attempt to pressure their manner inside a room behind the varsity the place many college students have been hiding when police arrived. As an alternative of face police, they turned their weapons on themselves, authorities mentioned with out elaborating.
College students gathered outdoors the varsity recounted harrowing assaults and seeing a number of our bodies mendacity in swimming pools of blood.
Kelly Milene Guerra Cardoso, 16, mentioned she and different college students took refuge within the college’s cafeteria, locked the door and lay on the ground.
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“We stayed there till the door was opened. We thought it was the shooters coming to get us, however it was the police,” she mentioned. “They instructed us to begin operating.”
Horacio Pereira Nunes, a retiree whose home is subsequent to the varsity, mentioned he heard pictures round 10 a.m.
“Then a variety of children began operating out, all screaming,” he mentioned. “It didn’t take lengthy till police arrived.”
The Raul Brasil Professor public college has greater than 1,600 college students from elementary to highschool grades, lecturers gathered outdoors mentioned.
Latin America’s most populous nation has the most important variety of annual homicides on this planet, however college shootings are uncommon.
In 2011, 12 college students have been killed by a gunman who roamed the halls of a faculty in Rio de Janeiro, taking pictures at them.
President Jair Bolsonaro ran on a platform that included guarantees to crack down on criminals, partially by increasing public entry to weapons. Quickly after his Jan. 1 inauguration, Bolsonaro issued a decree making it simpler to purchase a gun.
Just like arguments made by proponents of much less gun regulation in america, Bolsonaro and his supporters argue that expanded entry to weapons will fight crime.
Sen. Main Olimpio, a member of Bolsonaro’s get together and a proponent of loosening gun laws, once more made that argument hours after Wednesday’s rampage.
“We are able to’t let those that make the most of this tragedy talk about how disarmament is the answer,” he tweeted, including: “Weak and shameful ‘disarmament farce,’ which gave weapons to criminals and prevented self-defence.”