SAO PAULO — Authorities say hooded teenagers shot and killed a local business owner before opening fire at a nearby school in southern Brazil, killing seven people there, and then took their own lives.
Wednesday’s shooting happened in a public school in Suzano, a suburb of Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest city.
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.
Five students, a teacher, and an administrator at the school were killed, said Joao Camilo Pires de Campos, the state’s public secretary.
The men, identified as former students at the school, also shot and killed the owner of a used car business nearby before launching the attack on the school, officials said.
Nine others were wounded in the school attack and hospitalized, according to officials.
Latin America’s largest nation has the largest number of annual homicides in the world, but school shootings are rare.
Brazil’s new President Jair Bolsonaro recently announced that gun ownership controls would be loosened.