Incident Summary:

12/11/2018: An assailant opened fire after Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil. At least four people were killed and four other people were injured in the assault. After the assailant was shot in the rib by responding police officers, he turned the gun on himself and committed suicide. No group claimed responsibility; however, the assailant was identified as Euler Fernando Grandolpho.




South America

region/u.s. state:

Sao Paulo


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Metropolitan Cathedral
Specific Description Catholic Church
Nationality of Target Brazil
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
A revolver and a pistol were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Lack of Intentionality
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources suspected that the assailant suffered from mental instability and his family feared he would take his own life. The victims included Sidnei Vitor Monteiro, Jose Eudes Gonzaga Ferreira, Cristofer Gonçalves dos Santos, Elpidio Alves Coutinho, Jandira Prado Monteiro, Heleno Severo Alves, and Maria de Fatima Frazao Ferreira. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 5 Fatalities / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 4
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Five dead in Brazil cathedral shooting," BBC, December 11, 2018.
"Four Worshipers Have Been Shot Dead During Mass At Brazil Cathedral," Daily Independent (Nigeria), December 12, 2018.
"At least six shot dead at Brazilian church; gunman commits suicide," Santiago Times, December 12, 2018.