Major U.S. Mass Shootings From 1949 to 2017

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  • Incident at Las Vegas concert deadliest in modern history
  • Nightclub in Orlando second worst, Virginia Tech third

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A gunman in Las Vegas killed at least 58 people at a country music festival Sunday, the latest in a spate of mass shootings dating back to September 1949 when World War II veteran Howard Unruh walked through his neighborhood in Camden, New Jersey, and took 13 lives.

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The following is a list of major mass shootings with 12 or more fatalities (excluding assailants):

Oct. 1, 2017 - Las Vegas, Nevada

  • At least 58 dead at country music festival; more than 515 injured
    • Stephen Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel.

June 12, 2016 - Orlando, Florida

  • 49 dead at night club; about 58 injured
    • Omar Mateen, inspired by extremist propaganda, attacked Pulse Nightclub, a popular venue with the gay community.

April 16, 2007 - Blacksburg, Virginia

  • 32 dead at Virginia Tech, 23 injured
    • Student Seung-Hui Cho committed slayings at dormitory and Norris Hall.

Dec. 14, 2012 - Newtown, Connecticut

  • 26 dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School; 2 injured
    • Adam Lanza stormed building killing staff and children. Lanza also killed his mother at home.

Oct. 16, 1991 - Killeen, Texas

  • 23 dead at Luby’s Cafeteria; 27 injured
    • George Hennard crashed truck through plate glass window and opened fire.

July 18, 1984 - San Ysidro, California

  • 21 dead at McDonald’s restaurant; 19 injured
    • James Huberty was armed with multiple weapons and rounds of ammunition.

Aug. 1, 1966 - Austin, Texas

  • 15 dead at University of Texas, including unborn child; 31 injured
    • Charles Whitman opened fire from observation deck of the school’s 27-story clock tower. Whitman killed his wife and mother before entering the structure.

Dec. 2, 2015 - San Bernadino, California

Sept. 16, 1949 - Camden, New Jersey

  • 13 dead in Cramer Hill section; 3 injured
    • Howard Unruh, a World War II veteran, walked through his neighborhood killing men, women and children.

Aug. 20, 1986 - Edmond, Oklahoma

April 20, 1999 - Littleton, Colorado

Nov. 5, 2009 - Fort Hood, Texas

  • 13 dead at Army base; 33 injured
    • Major Nidal Malik Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, opened fire on soldiers at a processing center.

April 3, 2009 - Binghamton, New York

  • 13 dead at American Civic Association; 4 injured
    • Jiverly Wong targeted immigrant center where he had been learning English.

Sept. 25, 1982 - Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

  • 13 dead, 1 injured

Feb. 18, 1983 - Seattle

  • 13 dead in Chinatown; 1 injured
    • Three gunmen robbed Wah Mee gambling club, hogtied victims.

July 20, 2012 - Aurora, Colorado

  • 12 dead at Century 16 theater; about 70 injured
    • James Holmes, armed with firearms and tear gas canisters, attacked show of new Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises.”

Sept. 16, 2013 - Washington, D.C. 

  • 12 dead at Washington Navy Yard; 8 injured
    • Gunman Aaron Alexis entered the restricted facility with a valid identification card.
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