At least nine people were killed at a Brazilian elementary school where two young men were seen entering the building and firing weapons early on Wednesday, according to Sao Paulo police. - A shooting at a school near Sao Paulo on Wednesday left several people dead, police sources said, with initial reports putting the death toll as high as ten, including two shooters.
Authorities say five students and an administrator at the school were killed.
The two adolescent attackers, who were wearing face masks, killed themselves after the rampage, officials said.
Sao Paulo Commander of Police Forces Marcelo Salles said that the gunmen used "at least one.38 caliber pistol, along with homemade bombs and a crossbow" in an attack that was an "unspeakably brutal crime".
Standing outside the school, Claudio Cabral said he had been trying to reach his nephew, 17-year-old Douglas Mourinho, so far without luck.
Sao Paulo Governor Joao Doria said as he stood outside the school that "our solidarity goes out to the families of the victims".
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Latin America's largest nation has the largest number of annual homicides in the world, but school shootings are rare.
Horacio Pereira Nunes, a retiree whose house is next to the school, said he began hearing shots around 10 a.m.
Another shooting took place about 500 meters from the Raul Brasil school shortly before the killings at the school, but it was not yet clear if the two incidents were related.
Brazil's new President Jair Bolsonaro recently announced gun ownership controls would be loosened.
Gun laws are strict in Brazil, but it is not hard to purchase a weapon illegally.