Ten dead in Brazil school shooting, including two shooters

Brazil school shooting leaves six dead

Policemen are seen at the Raul Brasil school after a shooting in Suzano, Sao Paulo state, Brazil March 13, 2019.

The dead included two teachers and six students, and several other people had been hospitalized after sustaining injuries, according to Gov. Joao Doria, speaking a few blocks from the public school.

"I heard a lot of screaming", she said.

Marcelo Salles, commander of police forces in Sao Paulo state, spoke just outside the school and said that in his over three decades of service, he had "never seen anything like this, it was an unspeakably brutal crime".

He said it was not yet known whether the assailants were former pupils at the school.

"When I arrived at the school.it was chaotic".

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Marilene Gonçalves, a 51-year-old housewife, said she saw children fleeing the school, and that she gave safe harbour to several, including one boy who was shot in the jaw.

It was a horrifying scenes in Sao Paulo, Brazil and the adult who was killed was the principal of the Raul Brasil public Grade school.

Brazil is one of the most violent countries in the world with 64,000 murders in 2017, a rate of nearly 31 per 100,000 inhabitants - that's three times higher than the level the United Nations classifies as endemic violence.

Website UO1 said the two killers, "probably teenagers, entered the school shooting with their heads covered by a hood". The last major incident of this type occurred back in 2011, when 12 schoolchildren were shot dead in Rio de Janeiro by a former student.

While gun laws are considered strict in Brazil, it is not hard to illegally purchase a weapon.

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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