Five of the 11 deadliest shootings in American history have taken place over the last five years. Friday’s unspeakable tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, will certainly rank high among them when the final numbers are reported. Click for the latest news on the Sandy Hook school shooting.
1. Virginia Tech – April 16, 2007
Virginia Tech student Seung Hoi Cho, 23, took the lives of two students in a dorm before moving through a classroom building and ultimately taking his own life, resulting in 32 total causalities.
2. Luby’s Cafeteria, Kileen, Texas – October, 16 1991
35-year-old George Hennard killed 23 individuals after driving through the window of a Luby’s and opening fire, ultimately killing himself.
3. McDonald’s in San Ysidro, California – July 18, 1984
James Huberty, an unemployed security guard walked into McDonald’s and opened fire killing 21 victims before he was brought down by a police snipper.
4. University of Texas at Austin – August 1, 1966
From the observation deck of a watch tower Charles Whitman, a former Marine sniper, took 16 lives and was killed by the police.
5. A Post Office in Edmonton, Oklahoma – August 20, 1986
Before taking his own life, the soon-to-be-fired Pat Sherrill, 44, shot his coworkers and his supervisor the morning after he had received a reprimand.
6. Columbine High School – April 20, 1999
High school seniors Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold took 13 lives, both students and faculty, before they took their own lives, creating the modern bench mark for school shootings for a generation.
7. Immigration Services Center, Binghmaton, NY – April 3, 2009
13 lives were taken at the hands of Jiverly Wong, a student at the center, as he walked to the classroom. The 41-year-old took his own life as the police began to close in.
8. Fort Hood, Texas – November 5, 2009
Nidal Malik Hasan, an army psychiatrist, fired into a group of soldiers that were about to be deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan killing 13 before he was taken into police custody.
9. Camden, New Jersey – September 4, 1949
28-year-old army veteran Howard Unruh killed 13 individuals during a 20-minute walk near his home. Unruh was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic and was sent to a psychiatric hospital.
10. Aurora Theater Shooting – July 20, 2012
James Holmes, 24, opened fire at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises unleashing cannisters of tear gas and firing into the theater crowd claiming 12 lives.
11. Geneva County, Alabama – March 10, 2009
28-year-old Michael McLendon killed 10 individuals including several family members, then went on a shooting spree ultimately killing himself as police trapped him in the metal factory he worked in.WashingtonPost]