Two men who shot their former school in southern Brazil tried to emulate the Columbine shootings in the United States in 1999 and planned the attack months in advance, authorities said Thursday. According to the Associated Press, Ruy Ferrazhe, director of the Sao Paulo civil police, told reporters that friends and former classmates of 17-year-old Guilherme Taucci Monteiro and 25-year-old Henrique de Castro told police that the two were obsessed "by Columbine Tire in high school. Reportedly, those who knew of their obsession did not alert the authorities because they did not think the attack would happen, or feared becoming targets on their own. Ferrazhe said the couple, along with a third accomplice who was not present at the attack, had planned it since November. The two presumably wanted to gain even more notoriety than the Columbine attackers and committed suicide just like the Columbine shooters did. Reportedly, the third accomplice, a seventeen year old, has not been identified, but the authorities have asked a judge to issue an arrest warrant.
Reportedly, the attackers killed Monteiro's uncle before going to their former school and killing five students, a teacher and a school official. Nine others were injured – with seven still in hospital since Thursday.