When a gunman opened fire on a crowd of country music fans at a music festival in Las Vegas on the evening of October 1, 2017, reportedly killing more than 50 people and injuring hundreds more, the event became the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Sadly, mass shootings have become common in recent years, causing many, including celebs, to call for stricter gun-control laws. Here are the eight of the deadliest U.S. mass shootings that have occurred since 2012.
October 1, 2017:
Over 58 people died and 500 others were injured when reported gunman Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old Nevada resident, shot at a country music festival on the Las Vegas strip from his 32nd-floor room at the Mandalay Bay hotel with multiple rifles. So far, there is no known motive for the attack. Paddock was found dead in his hotel room after the shooting.
June 11, 2016:
Targeting LGBTQ youth at an Orlando, Florida nightclub, gunman Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old security guard, killed 49 people and wounded 58 others. Just before the massacre, Mateen had called 911 and sworn allegiance to terror group ISIS. He was killed in a shoot-out with local police.
December 14, 2012:
At Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut, 26 people, including 20 children between the ages of six and seven, were tragically shot by 20-year-old Adam Lanza, who reportedly suffered from developmental and mental health problems. He killed himself when first-responders arrived at the scene.
December 2, 2015:
Fourteen people were killed and 22 others were injured when mass killers and married couple Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik targeted a company holiday party in San Bernadino, California. The two were reportedly inspired by foreign terror groups, although they had no known connections to those groups themselves. They were killed in a police shoot-out after fleeing the scene in their SUV.
July 20, 2012:
During a midnight screening of a new Batman film, 24-year-old James Holmes, who reportedly has a history of mental illness, shot and killed 12 movie-goers and injured 70 others at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. In 2015, he was convicted for the crime and sentenced to life without parole.
September 16, 2013:
A shooter fatally shot 12 and injured 3 at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.. Aaron Alexis was a 34-year-old civilian contractor who worked on the base and died in a gunfight with police. He reportedly suffered from mental illness.
June 17, 2015:
White supremacist Dylann Roof, then 21, killed nine people and injured three others at a predominantly African American church in Charleston, South Carolina. He was sentenced to death in January 2017 after being convicted of federal hate crime and murder charges.
July 1, 2017:
Twenty-eight people were injured in a shooting at a night club in Little Rock, Arkansas. Although there is a known person of interest in the case, no arrests have been made yet.