School Shooting in Brazil Leaves 10 Dead, Over 20 Injured

2019-03-14

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  • At least 10 people are dead after two young men attacked a public school in southern Brazil on Wednesday.
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  • More than 20 other people were reported injured.
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  • The attackers targeted the Professor Raul Brasil state school in Suzano, near the city of Sao Paulo.
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  • Reports say the shooting started at around 9:30 in the morning.
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  • One witness told the Globo Group that the gunmen acted during a break between classes, when many students were eating.
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  • Globo said there was no information immediately available about the shooters' connection to the school or a reason for the attack.
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  • Official records show that the school has 358 students in grades 6 through 9 and 693 students in grades 10 through 12.
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  • By midday Wednesday, officials confirmed 10 people were killed.
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  • Sao Paulo Governor Joao Doria said the dead included six students and two teachers.
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  • The gunmen took their own lives, officials said.
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  • Inside the school, police officials found a handgun and bottles that appeared to be Molotov cocktails, known as bottle bombs.
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  • Globo reported that a witness said he saw one of the attackers with a gun and the other with a knife.
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  • Brazil, the biggest nation in Latin America, has the largest number of homicide deaths in the world each year.
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  • But school shootings are rare.
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  • The attack comes after Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced that the country's gun ownership controls would be eased.
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  • I'm Jonathan Evans.
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  • At least 10 people are dead after two young men attacked a public school in southern Brazil on Wednesday. More than 20 other people were reported injured.
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  • The attackers targeted the Professor Raul Brasil state school in Suzano, near the city of Sao Paulo.
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  • Reports say the shooting started at around 9:30 in the morning. One witness told the Globo Group that the gunmen acted during a break between classes, when many students were eating.
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  • Globo said there was no information immediately available about the shooters' connection to the school or a reason for the attack.
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  • Official records show that the school has 358 students in grades 6 through 9 and 693 students in grades 10 through 12.
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  • By midday Wednesday, officials confirmed 10 people were killed. Sao Paulo Governor Joao Doria said the dead included six students and two teachers. The gunmen took their own lives, officials said.
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  • Inside the school, police officials found a handgun and bottles that appeared to be Molotov cocktails, known as bottle bombs. Globo reported that a witness said he saw one of the attackers with a gun and the other with a knife.
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  • Brazil, the biggest nation in Latin America, has the largest number of homicide deaths in the world each year. But school shootings are rare.
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  • The attack comes after Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced that the country's gun ownership controls would be eased.
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  • I'm Jonathan Evans.
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  • Jonathan Evans adapted this story for Learning English from Associated Press and Globo news reports. George Grow was the editor.
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  • homicide - n. the act of killing another person