Major U.S. Mass Shootings From 1949 to 2017By
Incident at Las Vegas concert deadliest in modern history
Nightclub in Orlando second worst, Virginia Tech third
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.
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
- 14 dead at Inland Regional Center; 24 injured
- Husband and wife team, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashteen Malik, opened fire using rapid-fire rifles.
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
- 14 dead at post office; 6 injured
- Patrick Sherrill killed co-workers.
April 20, 1999 - Littleton, Colorado
- 13 dead at Columbine High School; 24 injured
- Students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold stormed school carrying guns and bombs.
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
- Assailant George Banks had worked as a prison guard.
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.