Suzano school shooting
|Suzano school shooting|
One of the buildings of Raul Brasil school, with Military Police officers and firefighters, a Civil Police car, and a coroner's hearse on the scene; in the center, apparently an investigator carrying bagged evidence (a composite bow)
|Location||Escola Estadual Professor Raul Brasil, Suzano, São Paulo, Brazil|
|Date||March 13, 2019 |
c. 9:40 a.m. (BRT (UTC-3))
|Target||Students and staff at Professor Raul Brasil State School|
|School shooting, mass murder, murder–suicide, attempted bombing, shootout|
|Deaths||10 (nine at the school including both perpetrators)|
|Perpetrators||Guilherme Taucci Monteiro|
Luiz Henrique de Castro
The Suzano school shooting, also known as the Suzano massacre, was a school shooting that took place on March 13, 2019, at the Professor Raul Brasil State School in the Brazilian municipality of Suzano, São Paulo State. The perpetrators, Guilherme Taucci Monteiro (17 years old) and Luiz Henrique de Castro (25 years old), both former students at the school, killed five students and two school employees. Before the attack, in a car shop near the school, the pair also killed Monteiro's uncle. After the shooting, Monteiro killed his partner and then committed suicide.
Earlier in the day, the gunmen shot three times and killed Monteiro's uncle, Jorge Antônio Moraes in a nearby car shop. The two attackers drove to the school in a white Chevrolet Onix that Castro had legally rented at Localiza Hertz.
School cameras recorded the attackers entering the school at around 9:40 a.m. local time, one after the other, with a delay of around 10 seconds. Monteiro entered the building first, hiding his face from students while retrieving a hidden gun. He then turned around and began shooting at two school staff members as well as several students at a distance of approximately 3 feet (0.91 m) in front of him, before entering the main patio in search of more potential victims. He disappeared from camera and then moved on to the institution's linguistics center.
By this time, Castro appeared on camera entering the building in a hurry while holding several weapons, including a bow which he eventually left on the floor. He approached the corpses lying on the ground and struck them with a hatchet. Fleeing students started to run from the patio towards the school entrance hall. On the way, they encountered Castro, who was still in the entrance hall. Other students who had hidden themselves when they first heard gunshots were able to avoid being shot. Five students between 14 and 17 years old and two school staff members were killed.
The school was locked down by police, who searched it and found a bow and arrow, a crossbow, possible Molotov cocktails and a wired bag. A bomb squad was dispatched to the scene and found that it was a fake explosive.
Perpetrators personal life
The shooters were Guilherme Taucci Monteiro (July 5 or 13, 2001 – March 13, 2019) and Luiz Henrique de Castro (March 16, 1993 – March 13, 2019). Monteiro lived with his grandparents as his mother had addiction problems. Both the attackers had been pupils at the targeted school with Monteiro dropping out of school due to bullying last year. The attackers had been close friends since childhood.
The attackers had planned the attack for a year and, inspired by the Columbine massacre, they hoped the attack would draw more attention than the Columbine massacre. According to some reports, both perpetrators were influenced by Dogolachan, a far-right imageboard known for inciting terrorism and violence where they had been asking for weapons and support. On this imageboard Luiz was known as luhkrcher666 and Guilherme as 1guY-55chaN. In a statement from Monteiro's mother, Monteiro had reportedly been bullied because of his acne. She also stated that he had been harassed by a fellow pupil. A third suspect, not directly involved in the attack, stated that the perpetrators also intended to carry out rapes. The perpetrators might have been influenced by Elephant, a movie about a school shooting in which a murder-suicide between the shooters end the movie.
Two victims were school staff members. The first victim to be shot was Marilena Ferreira Vieira Umezu, a pedagogical coordinator. Five high school students were killed, four of whom died in school and one on his way to the hospital. The attack also left eleven students wounded, who were taken to nearby hospitals. Two of these victims, who presented a more serious clinical condition, were transferred to Hospital das Clínicas in São Paulo.
- Caio Oliveira, 15
- Claiton Antônio Ribeiro, 17
- Douglas Murilo Celestino, 16
- Kaio Lucas da Costa Limeira, 15
- Samuel Melquíades Silva de Oliveira, 16
- School staff
- Marilena Ferreira Vieira Umezu, 59
- Eliana Regina de Oliveira Xavier, 38
- Perpetrator's relatives
- Jorge Antônio Moraes, 51, uncle of Guilherme Taucci Monteiro
João Doria, governor of São Paulo, canceled his routine activities and flew to Suzano in a helicopter along with Rossieli Soares, the state's Secretary of Education; Colonel Salles, military police commander; and army general João Camilo Pires de Campos. Doria lamented the attack and decreed 3 days of mourning in the state.
President Jair Bolsonaro lamented the tragedy and expressed his condolences to the victims' families on a tweet posted 6 hours after the tragedy. Ricardo Vélez Rodríguez, Minister of Education, expressed solidarity: "My condolences to the families. I express my contempt towards that demonstration of violence. I'll be closely following the investigation". Onyx Lorenzoni, Chief of Staff, also tweeted his condolences. Damares Alves, Minister of Women, Family and Human Rights, lamented the event and offered support by the Ministry.
Rodrigo Maia, President of the Chamber of Deputies, expressed his solidarity towards the families of victims and said that "it's time for Brazil to unite forces and competences to understand what happened and prevent new massacres like that one from occurring". Davi Alcolumbre, President of the Senate, expressed his condolences and tweeted: "I hope that the real causes behind that tragedy be discovered". As a result of the shooting, many congress members brought the question of gun control back into debate, with some criticizing the relaxation of gun laws.
Dias Toffoli, President of the Supreme Federal Court, read a note during an ordinary plenary section on March 13 in which he expressed his solidarity towards the families and friends of the victims and to society as a whole, which "is also a victim of that kind of tragedy". He also stated: "we can't let hatred enter our society".
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