Ten people, including five school children and the two attackers were killed and 23 people injured in a shooting at a high school near São Paulo. The 2 suspects died after turning their guns on themselves when police arrived on
The two gunmen, ages 17 and 25, walked into the state school in Suzano, near São Paulo, around 09h30 on Wednesday morning, and opened fire while students were on a break.
The local police chief, Colonel Marcelo Salles, told reporters that the attackers were armed with a .38 revolver, a crossbow, a bow and arrows and also carried fake explosives. "In 34 years of service, I have never seen [an attack] with a crossbow. It is totally unthinkable," he
One student, Rosni Grotliwed, 15, told the G1 news site that students were eating their morning snack when they heard popping sounds and started running.
"The guys came after us and started to kill lots of people," he said. "They were shouting but I didn't understand what it was."
Caterer Silmara de Moraes, 54, said she helped hide 50 students in a kitchen. "It was really desperate because there were a lot of shots, really a lot of shots, and panic," she told G1.
São Paulo's security secretary João Pires de Campos said both attackers were former students at the school. Early on Wednesday, they shot and killed the owner of a business and stole a car they used to drive to the school.
They also carried a false bomb to confuse police. "It was a fake package," de Campos said.
Police named the two attackers as Guilherme Taucci Monteiro, 17, and Luiz Henrique de Castro, 25, and said they had no information on the motive for the killing.
Col Salles earlier said that before entering the Raul Brasil elementary and high school, the two men shot and wounded the owner of a nearby car wash. Only high school students were in the building at the time.
CCTV video showed the two young men getting out of a white car parked at the front of the school and walking into the school before students began running out of the gate.
Brazil has the largest number of annual homicides in the world, but school shootings are rare. In 2011, Wellington de Oliveira, 23, killed 12 teenagers at a school in Rio de Janeiro. In 2017, security guard Damião dos Santos, 50, set fire to a creche in Minas Gerais state, killing himself and 12 others, including nine children.