Brazil gunmen kill eight people and themselves in school shooting rampage

The state government of Sao Paulo says two youths armed with guns and wearing hoods entered the school and began shooting at students and then killed themselves.

The last major school shooting in Brazil occurred in 2011, when 12 students in Rio de Janeiro were shot dead by a gunman. "I only left when the police arrived", teacher Sandra Perez told O Estado de S Paulo newspaper (in Portuguese).

The names and identities of the victims and the attacks have yet to be released and the motive for the attack is not clear.

Policemen are seen at the Raul Brasil school after a shooting in Suzano, Sao Paulo state, Brazil March 13, 2019. "The teenagers who were brutally murdered".

Globo said there was no information immediately available about the shooters' connection to the school or a reason for the attack. At the time of the shooting, reportedly, only secondary students were at the school.

"Eight people died at the scene, including the two assailants who committed suicide", a state military police spokesman said.

Around 15 people were injured in the shooting at the Raul Brasil public school in Suzano, south-east Brazil.

Police officers guard the entrance of the school.

The public school, Raul Brasil Professor, has more than 1,600 students from elementary to high school grades, teachers gathered outside said.

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.

By midday Wednesday, officials confirmed 10 people were killed.

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

The attack comes after Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced that the country's gun ownership controls would be eased.