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At least ten people were killed at a Brazilian elementary school when two hooded men entered with weapons on Wednesday, Sao Paulo police said.
Six children were killed as they sat down to their snack break along with two teachers before the shooters killed themselves at the Professor Raul Brasil school in the Suzano suburb of the city.
At least 17, mostly children, were also shot at the elementary school and taken to hospitals, police said in a written statement. The state of their health was not immediately known.
The unidentified gunmen, who appeared to be between 20 and 25 years of age, shot and killed a worker at a nearby car wash before their attack at the school.
The bomb squad was scrambled to the scene as a bag with a wired up package was left by the assailants (right) as well as what appear to be Molotov cocktails (left)
An image purportedly shows one of the attackers with an axe tucked into his waistband as blood spatters the floor around him
A powerful hunting composite bow was also recovered from the scene, as bloody footprints are pressed into the concrete
Staff members and pupils swarmed outside the school building in the Suzano suburb of Brazil on Wednesday
Police said that two men wearing face masks entered the building and started shooting at about 9.30am local time.
Marcelo Salles, commander of police forces in Sao Paulo state, spoke outside and said in his more than three decades of service, he had 'never seen anything like this, it was an unspeakably brutal crime.'
Salles said the gunmen used at least one .38 calibre pistol, along with homemade bombs and a crossbow.
Within the school the police found what appeared to be Molotov cocktails and a wired up suitcase.
The bomb-squad were scrambled to the scene as armed officers descended on the school.
Police arrived eight minutes after the shooting started and did not confront the gunmen, who had already killed themselves, he said.
A sobbing woman uses her mobile phone as she waits for news outside the school as five children were confirmed dead
Police officers guard the entrance to the Prof. Raul Brasil school in the Suzano suburb of eastern Sao Paulo after two hooded men killed ten and wounded many more
Firetrucks and ambulance crews were on hand as news that ten people had been killed and many more injured spread from the Prof. Raul Brasil elementary school
A man weeps outside the school walls as he speaks on the phone after learning what has happened within
A homemade video taken during the shooting and aired by Globo TV showed children screaming, running and begging for their lives as loud shots were heard all around.
Security cameras from homes nearby showed children climbing and jumping over a white wall that surrounds the Raul Brasil building, and sprinting down streets, screaming for help.
Governor Joao Doria says the two attackers were believed to be between 20 and 25 years old.
Doria said the school had been evacuated and police were inspecting possible explosives left by the shooters.
'The school is on lockdown,' he said.
Police officers wielding sub-machine guns dash past coaches lined up close to the school in the Suzano suburb
Heavily armed police are seen on the cobbled street outside the school after emergency services were scrambled on Wednesday morning
Policemen walk along the streets around the walls to the school in Suzano, as a firetruck was also on hand as reports of explosives circulated
Relatives are seen outside the school, many were tearful as they waited for news of their loved ones
A plainclothes police officer can be seen with an assault rifle draped over him as he makes a phone call
Policemen stand guard outside the elementary school in the suburbs of Sao Paulo
The building was cut off by emergency crews as students and staff poured onto the street outside, many in tears.
According to Globo, a 15-year-old described the violence: 'There were a lot of dead people on the ground. They shouted, but I did not understand what it was.
'My friend took a stab in the shoulder and another was shot. I ran away with another friend to my house and came back to get another.'
Police and firefighters did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Ambulances could be seen transiting the many wounded victims on Wednesday morning
People could be seen flocking on the street outside the school this morning as TV helicopters swooped overhead
Police officers wearing body armour and holding automatic weapons stand at the entrance to the school
Staff and pupils could be seen pouring out onto the street around the school in the eastern suburbs of Sao Paulo, many were inconsolable
Investigators can be seen working through the school grounds as they looked to secure the location
A policeman can be seen walking through the grounds of the elementary school after the heinous shooting
Two young shooters allegedly opened fire as the school was opening for morning classes - the front of the Prof. Raul Brasil school is seen in this undated photo
An unidentified witness told the the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper they saw a person shooting a gun outside the school and then entering just as classes began.
The school has some 1,000 students between the ages of 11 and 15.
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.