The Las Vegas attack on October 1, 2017, is by far the deadliest in the history of the United States. Stephen Paddock (64) then shot 58 people. The shooting in El Paso yesterday, with 20 dead, stands at eight in the tragic top ten.
Five of the ten deadliest mass shootings in US history date from the last four years. An overview of thirteen dramas, all caused by individuals with deadly weapons.
Harvest Music Festival, Las Vegas (Nevada), October 1, 2017
The 64-year-old Stephen Paddock has the highest number of deaths on American soil due to a one-man operation on his conscience. He fired from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on the 30,000 visitors to a country festival on the famous Strip.
58 people died. In total, also due to the panic that broke out, another 851 attendees were injured, of whom 422 were shot by Paddock. The shooter robbed himself of life in his hotel room.
Pulse night Club, Orlando, Florida, June 12, 2016
IS supporter Omar Saddiqui Mateen (29) murdered 49 people in a gay nightclub in Orlando and wounded 53. During the operation to free his hostages, agents finally eliminated the perpetrator.
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg (Virginia), April 16, 2007
The 23-year-old student, Seung-Hui Cho, shot 32 people at the University of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. He then committed suicide.
Sandy Hook, Newton (Connecticut), December 14, 2012
Terrible drama at Sandy Hook Primary School in Newton, Connecticut, late 2012. Adam Lanza (20) shot 20 children (aged six and seven) and six employees. This perpetrator then also committed suicide.
It turned out that Lanza also killed his mother. That brought the number of fatalities of the mass murderer to 27.
First Baptist Church, Sutherland Springs, Texas, November 5, 2017
26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley entered a church in Wilson County and started shooting. 25 churchgoers and an unborn baby – 26 victims – died.
It became the deadliest shooting ever in an American church and, after El Paso, still the deadliest in any place in Texas in the history of the state. After a police chase, Kelley – who was wounded by bullets from a passer-by – crashed and shot himself.
Luby’s Cafeteria, Killeen, Texas, October 16, 1991
George Hennard (35) deliberately drove his truck into Luby’s Cafeteria, a bar in Killeen, Texas. He got out and shot 23 people before he killed himself.
McDonald’s, San Ysidro, California, July 18, 1984
Armed with a machine gun, a shotgun, and a gun, James Huberty (41) bursts into the McDonald’s from San Ysidro in California. 21 adults and children die from the murderous raid of Huberty.
Shopping Center, El Paso (Texas), August 3, 2019
A 21-year-old shooter, Patrick Crusius, opened fire at Walmart yesterday in a shopping mall in El Paso, Texas. In the hate crime, which treats the FBI as a terrorist act, 20 victims died and 26 were injured. It is thus the eighth most fatal shooting ever in America. Crusius lived in Allen, 900 km from the site of the mass murder.
Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, Florida, February 14, 2018
With his semi-automatic weapon, Nikolas Cruz killed 17 students and employees of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen others were injured. Cruz was able to escape initially but was later arrested. He confessed to the mass murder.
Tower University of Texas, August 1, 1966, Austin, Texas
The only shooting in the sad top ten that predates the 80s is one from Texas. On Thursday it was 53 years ago that former Marine Charles Whitman (25) went to the observation deck on the tower of the main building of the University of Texas in Austin with various weapons as luggage.
For more than an hour and a half, he fired at people on campus and in the surrounding streets, until a cop and a citizen could locate him and shoot him. The madman himself killed 16 people, including an unborn baby. 31 others were injured. Whitman had also killed his wife and mother the night before, bringing the total number of deaths to 18. In 2001 another victim died of his 1966 injuries.
Healthcare institution, San Bernardino (California), 2 December 2015
The couple Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, IS-supporters, shot 14 people dead at a staff party at a care center in San Bernardino and injured about 20. The perpetrators fled, but the police could later shoot them. IS claimed the assessment.
Post Office, Edmond, Oklahoma, August 20, 1986
Patrick Henry Sherrill, a postman, killed 14 colleagues in a post office in Edmond in ten minutes. He then committed suicide.
Fort Hood, Killeen, Texas, November 5, 2009
A US Army psychiatrist, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, shot 13 people at Fort Hood’s military base near Killeen in Texas. More than thirty others were injured. Hasan is said to have been bullied by his colleagues. The shooter, responsible for the deadliest mass shooting party ever on an American army base, was sentenced to death. He was hit during his murderous raid himself and has since been paralyzed in the lower limbs.