Deadliest school shootings in US history

Here is a glimpse of some of the most lethal mass shootings in the history of the United States:

Virginia Tech University – 33 fatalities

In 2007, thirty-three individuals lost their lives on the premises of Virginia Tech when Seung-Hui Cho, a 23-year-old university student, initiated gunfire in multiple campus buildings with the use of two semi-automatic handguns, resulting in the most fatal incident of a school shooting in the history of the United States.

Cho shot and killed two students in a dormitory before he traveled to a classroom building where he began firing, then shut the doors and chained them.

Cho fatally shot himself when the police forcefully entered the premises.

Sandy Hook Elementary School – 27 fatalities

On December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza, a 20-year-old, shot and killed six staff members and 20 children aged 6 and 7 at Sandy Hook Elementary school. Prior to this, he traveled to the school after murdering his mother at their residence in Newtown, Connecticut.

The majority of the deadliest shootings took place in first and second grade classrooms. Lanza was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and the last gunshot was heard by the police around 9:40 a.M.

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Three weapons were semi-automatic. He also had two handguns. Lanza found them with his mother’s Bushmaster XM-15-ES2 rifle, each equipped with 30 rounds and 10 magazines.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School – 17 individuals deceased

At Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Nickolas Cruz, a 19-year-old ex-student, unleashed gunfire, resulting in the tragic deaths of fourteen adolescents aged 14-18, in addition to three faculty members.

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Seventeen people were killed in a shooting that took place in a high school. The shooter, Cruz, entered the school armed with an AR-15 rifle and multiple magazines. He moved through the hallways, firing into classrooms and leaving stranded students and staff on the three floors of the school.

He was apprehended by the police prior to entering a shopping mall and a fast-food restaurant, while attempting to escape from the school along with the fleeing students.

He was found guilty of 17 charges of first-degree murder and 17 charges of attempted first-degree murder.

Columbine High School – 15 fatalities

The devastating event at Columbine High School, which led to the death of 15 individuals, profoundly impacted the country as the previous millennium came to an end.

Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, senior students at Columbine High School, opened fire using rifles, carbines, pump shotguns, and pistols.

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Santa Fe High School – 10 fatalities

In a high school art classroom at Santa Fe High School in Texas, a 17-year-old student named Dimitrios Pagourtzis opened fire, using a shotgun and a revolver, killing two teachers and eight of his classmates.

Following his own injury during a confrontation with officers who entered the school, Pagourtzis ultimately gave himself up to the police. Prior to the shootout with two stationed police officers at the school, he caused severe harm to one of them.

Tragic Incident at Red Lake Senior High School – 10 fatalities

On March 16, 2005, Jeff Weise, a 16-year-old high school senior, killed seven people using weapons at his grandfather’s home on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in Minnesota.

He took his own weapon and turned it on himself before killing five students, one teacher, and one security guard at the school.

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Umpqua Community College – 10 fatalities

At the location, gunman Chris Harper-Mercer started shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, leading to the fatalities of eight students and a professor.

Harper-Mercer engaged in a shootout with officers at the location, who hit him once before he fatally shot himself in the head.