Dozens of mass killings have occurred in the United States since two teenagers went on a rampage at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado in April of 1999, killing 12 of their fellow students and a teacher.
The deadly school shooting at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school on Friday was the latest in a series of shooting crimes in the United States this year.
The following is the list of mass killings in the United States since Columbine compiled by Reuters and the Telegraph:
- two teenage schoolboys shot and killed 12 schoolmates and a teacher at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, before killing themselves.
- a stock exchange trader in Atlanta, Georgia, killed 12 people including his wife and two children before taking his own life.
- a gunman opened fire at a prayer service in Fort Worth, Texas, killing six people before committing suicide.
- a series of sniper-style shootings occurred in Washington DC, leaving 10 dead.
- in Chicago, a laid-off worker shot and killed six of his former workmates.
- in Birchwood, Wisconsin, a hunter killed six other hunters and wounded two others after an argument with them.
- a man opened fire at a church service in Brookfield, Wisconsin, killing seven people.
- a truck driver killed five schoolgirls and seriously wounded six others in a school in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania before taking his own life.
- student Seung-Hui Cho shot and killed 32 people and wounded 15 others at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, before shooting himself, making it the deadliest mass shooting in the United States after 2000.
- Three Delaware State University students were shot and killed in “execution style” by a 28-year-old and two 15-year-old boys. A fourth student was shot and stabbed.
- a 20-year-old man killed nine people and injured five others in a shopping center in Omaha, Nebraska.
December 2007 -
a woman and her boyfriend shot dead six members of her family on Christmas Eve in Carnation, Washington.
- a shooter who is still at large tied up and shot six women at a suburban clothing store in Chicago, leaving five of them dead and the remaining one injured.
- a man opened fire in a lecture hall at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, killing five students and wounding 16 others before laying down his weapon and surrendering.
- a mentally ill man who was released from jail one month earlier shot eight people in Alger, Washington, leaving six of them dead and the rest two wounded.
- a man dressed in a Santa Claus suit opened fire at a family Christmas party in Covina, California, then set fire on the house and killed himself. Police later found nine people dead in the debris of the house.
- a 28-year-old laid-off worker opened fire while driving a car through several towns in Alabama, killing 10 people.
- a heavily armed gunman shot dead eight people, many of them elderly and sick people, in a private-owned nursing home in North Carolina.
- six people were shot dead in a high-grade apartment building in Santa Clara, California.
- a man shot dead 13 people at a civic center in Binghamton, New York.
July 2009 -
Six people, including one student, were shot in a drive-by shooting at a community rally on the campus of Texas Southern University, Houston.
- U.S. army psychologist Major Nidal Hasan opened fire at a military base in Fort Hood, Texas, leaving 13 dead and 42 others wounded.
– A professor opened fire 50 minutes into at a Biological Sciences Department faculty meeting at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, killing three colleagues and wounding three others.
- a gunman opened fire at a public gathering outside a grocery in Tucson, Arizona, killing six people including a 9-year-old girl and wounding at least 12 others. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was severely injured with a gunshot to the head.
- A gunman kills seven people and wounds three in a shooting rampage at a Christian college in Oakland.
- A masked gunman kills 12 people and wounds 58 when he opens fire on moviegoers at a showing of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, a suburb of Denver, Colorado.
- A gunman kills six people during Sunday services at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, before he is shot dead by a police officer.
- Two people are killed and eight wounded in a shooting outside the landmark Empire State Building in New York City at the height of the tourist season.
- A disgruntled former employee kills five people and takes his own life in a shooting rampage at a Minneapolis sign company from which he had been fired.
- Three people are killed in a Milwaukee area spa including the estranged wife of the suspected gunman, who then killed himself.
- A shooter opens fire at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, killing several people including children.
Sources: Telegraph, Reuters, and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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