The body of Sol Pais, a student from Surfside, Florida, was found by authorities about 40 miles 64 km west of Columbine High School, at about a. Pais was found alone in a wooded area of Clear Creek County and appeared to have shot herself with the pump-action shotgun she had purchased after arriving in Colorado from Miami earlier this week, Phillips said at a news conference hours later. Phillips said Pais had purchased three one-way plane tickets for successive days and flew to Colorado on the first, April 15th. Denver area schools, which were closed on Wednesday while FBI agents, Jefferson County deputies and Colorado state troopers searched for Pais, were expected to reopen on Thursday with mental health counselors standing by. On April 20, , two Columbine High School seniors shot and killed 12 classmates and a teacher, before committing suicide. Columbine is in Littleton, a Denver suburb that includes part of Jefferson County. Since the massacre at Columbine, there has been a long string of U. Columbine was the second deadliest shooting at a school in U. Now it stands fifth, surpassed by the massacre at in Parkland, Florida, the shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut in and a rampage at Virginia Tech.
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Two year-olds have been charged with plotting a mass shooting at their suburban Denver high school, in an exceptional case that finds two teenage girls on trial instead of teenage boys. Brooke Higgins, who was charged on Thursday, and Sienna Johnson, who was charged last week, will both be tried as adults on two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, in a district court in Castle Rock, Colorado. Mass shootings carried out by women are extremely rare — such attacks, defined by the FBI as a single event in which four or more people are killed, are nearly always perpetrated by men. Prosecutors said the two girls worshipped the Columbine shooters, and the movie Natural Born Killers. They had specific targets, the prosecution said, but everyone at the school was a potential victim. Entries on social networking sites show moody pictures of blood-spattered walls, and hand-scrawled journal entries filled with anguished prose.
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Ten students were killed in the school library, where the pair subsequently committed suicide. Another three people were injured trying to escape the school. At the time, it was the deadliest school shooting in United States history. In addition to the shootings, the attack involved several homemade bombs. Two of these were placed in the cafeteria, powerful enough to kill or seriously injure all people within the area, although they failed to detonate. Their cars in the parking lots were made into bombs which also failed to detonate, and at another location away from the school, two bombs were set up as diversions, only one of which partially detonated. The motive remains unclear; but the pair planned the massacre for around a year, and hoped the massacre would cause the most deaths in United States history, which then meant exceeding the death toll of the Oklahoma City bombing , which occurred four years earlier in USA Today referred to the attack as "planned as a grand, if badly implemented, terrorist bombing. The police were slow to enter the school and were heavily criticized for not intervening during the shooting. The incident resulted in the introduction of the Immediate Action Rapid Deployment tactic, which is used in active shooter situations.