14 people have died in a nightclub shooting in Brazil

14 people were shot dead at a nightclub in Brazil in the early hours Saturday morning.

Gunmen carried out the attack around 12.30am at Forro do Gago in Fortaleza, the capital city Ceará in north-east Brazil.

According to reports, three cars pulled up to the venue, the attackers then spraying bullets and killing 14 - including two minors - and injuring numerous people including a 12-year-old boy. The public security agency confirmed that police arrived shortly after.

Local media has been reporting that the attack was gang related and linked to drug trafficking, while reports that one man was in custody, as stated by Andre Costa, the state secretary for public security.

In a press conference, Costa said: "You see this all over the world, situations where people kill 50 people, 60 people in a nightclub. It's this kind thing that happens even in countries like the United States."

, Fortaleza had a population 4,019,213 - making it the fifth biggest city in Brazil - and a total 1,808 homicides.

Just over a year ago, five people died and many more were injured after in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

49 people also died in June 2016. This was the worst mass shooting in American history before the shooting in Las Vegas last year.

Below are images the Forro do Gago nightclub in Fortaleza and a car thought to be abandoned by the attackers.

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