Brazil school shooting leaves several dead

Brazil school shooting leaves several dead

Brazil school shooting leaves several dead

Two assailants opened fire Wednesday in a school near Sao Paulo, Brazil, killing eight people and wounding 15 others, state military police said. Five children are reportedly among the dead, as well as a school employee and a passerby.

Another ten people, mostly schoolchildren, were shot and injured, and several were in serious condition, said police, who lowered their estimates for the number of children killed and those injured late on Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities identified the attackers as 17-year-old Guilherme Taucci Monteiro and 25-year-old Henrique de Castro.

Sao Paulo governor Joao Doria said on Twitter the "children were cruelly murdered". He said authorities do not believe the two were former students. The motive for the shooting is not clear, police said.

Globo said there was no information immediately available about the shooters' connection to the school or a reason for the attack.

Website UO1 said the two killers "entered the school shooting with their heads covered by a hood".

"We were at recess and eating like normal and we heard three pops, then we tried to run to jump over the walls", said student Rosni Marcelo Grotliwed.

Juliano Simões de Santana, who lives near the school, told Folha de S.Paulo newspaper: "When I arrived at the school ... it was chaotic".

Gun laws are extremely strict in Brazil, but it is not hard to illegally purchase a weapon.

Newly elected President Jair Bolsonaro had recently declared that he would be lifting curbs on gun control laws in the country. Castro's body lay near Monteiro's, with the crossbow on the ground between the pair.

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