Brazil gunmen kill eight people and themselves in school shooting rampage

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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 southeast Brazil.

Sao Paulo state authorities say eight people have been killed in a school shooting in Brazil, including two student shooters.

Among the dead are six school children, two school officials and a person who was standing just outside the school at a nearby carwash, according to Sao Paulo police.

"In 34 years as a policeman, it's the first time I see someone use a crossbow like that", police Col. Marcelo Salles said.

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The assailants reportedly were former students of the school, yet the motive of the attack remains unclear.

Authorities said five students and an administrator at the school were killed.

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

Kelly Milene Guerra Cardoso, 16, said she and other students took refuge in the school's cafeteria, locked the door and lay on the floor. "I opened the gate to my house and I saw children jumping over the school's wall".

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"Then a lot of kids started running out, all screaming", he said.

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

Far right President Jair Bolsonaro passed a law allowing people to carry arms soon after assuming power in January, delivering on a campaign promise.

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