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Deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history include 2 Texas tragedies

Kerry Cahill, the daughter of Chief Warrant Officer Two (Ret.) Michael Cahill, touches the dog tags representing the 13 killed, including her father, in the Fort Hood shooting massacre in 2009.
Kerry Cahill, the daughter of Chief Warrant Officer Two (Ret.) Michael Cahill, touches the dog tags representing the 13 killed, including her father, in the Fort Hood shooting massacre in 2009. Archive photo

The mass shooting that killed 50 people and injured 53 more Sunday night at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando is the deadliest in U.S. history. It joins a way-too-long list of the worst mass-shootings in United States in the last 30 years.

April 16, 2007: Student Seung-hui Cho opens fire on the Virginia Tech campus, leaving 32 people dead in his wake before committing suicide.

Dec. 14, 2012: Twenty-six people, including 20 first-graders, are gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., by 20-year-old Adam Lanza, who also killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, before opening fire at the school and then turning the gun on himself.

Oct. 16, 1991: At a Luby’s cafeteria in Killeen, Texas, 23 people are killed after George Hennard crashes his pickup through the front of the restaurant on the East Central Texas Expressway and began firing. He later shot and killed himself.

July 18, 1984: Unemployed security guard James Oliver Huberty kills 21 at a McDonald’s in San Ysidro, Calif., before being shot and killed by a police sniper.

Dec. 2, 2015: Syed Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, open fire at a community center in San Bernardino, killing 14 and wounding 20 more. The couple, who had pledged their allegiance to a terrorist group on social media, were later killed in a police shootout.

Nov. 5, 2009: Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan, a psychiatrist, opened fire at Fort Hood, the central Texas base, killing 13 and injuring 30 more. It was the worst mass murder at a U.S. military installation. Hasan was shot and paralyzed. He has been sentenced to death for his crimes.

It was an 'act of terror and act of hate' at the Orlando nightclub early Sunday, the president said.

April 3, 2009: Jiverly Voong shoots up a citizenship class at a Binghampton immigration center, killing 13 people and wounding four more before killing himself.

April 20, 1999: Two teen-age students at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., go on a shooting spree, killing 13 and wounding 20 more. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, dressed in trench coats, then turned the guns on themselves and committed suicide. It was the worst high school shooting in U.S. history.

July 20, 2012: James Holmes, 27, shoots and kills 12 people and injures 70 at a midnight screening of the Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colo. Holmes was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Sept. 16, 2013: A Navy contractor kills 12 people and injures three others at the Washington Navy Yard in southeast Washington, D.C. Aaron Alexis was later killed by police.

Oct. 1, 2015: A shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., left 10 people dead and seven wounded. Shooter Christopher Harper-Mercer, 26, exchanged gunfire with police, then killed himself.

June 18, 2015: A prayer meeting at a historic African-American church in Charleson, S.C., turns tragic when Dylann Roof, 21, shoots and kills nine church members. Roof was arrested and faces nine counts of murder.

Sources: Associated Press, CNN

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