independent

Sunday 20 April 2014

Attack just the latest in a long line of lone gunman killing sprees

A gunman at a Connecticut elementary school killed 27 people, including 20 children on Friday. It is among the world's worst mass shootings.



Here is a look at some others:



- August 5, 2012. Army veteran Wade Michael Page kills five men and one woman and wounds three other people, including a police officer, before taking his own life at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin outside Milwaukee.



- July 20, 2012. At least 12 people are killed when a gunman enters an Aurora, Colorado, movie theatre, releases a canister of gas and then opens fire during opening night of the Batman movie 'The Dark Knight Rises'. James Holmes, a 24-year-old, has been charged in the deaths.



- July 22, 2011. Confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik kills 77 in Norway in twin attacks: a bombing in downtown Oslo and a shooting massacre at a youth camp outside the capital. The self-styled anti-Muslim militant admitted both attacks.



- March 10, 2009. Michael McLendon (28) killed 10 people - including his mother, four other relatives, and the wife and child of a local sheriff's deputy - across two rural Alabama counties. He then killed himself.



- September 23, 2008. Matti Saari (22) walks into a vocational college in Kauhajoki, Finland, and opens fire, killing 10 people and burning their bodies with firebombs before shooting himself fatally in the head.



- November 7, 2007. After revealing plans for his attack in YouTube postings, Pekka-Eric Auvinen (18) fires kills eight people at his high school in Tuusula, Finland.



- April 16, 2007. Seung-Hui Cho (23) kills 32 people and himself on Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Virginia.



- April 20, 1999. Students Eric Harris (18) and Dylan Klebold (17) opened fire at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, killing 12 classmates and a teacher and wounding 26 others before killing themselves in the school's library.



- March 13, 1996. Thomas Hamilton (43), kills 16 kindergarten children and their teacher in elementary school in Dunblane, Scotland, and then kills himself.



- October 16, 1991. A deadly shooting rampage took place in Killeen, Texas, as George Hennard opened fire at a Luby's Cafeteria, killing 23 people before taking his own life. 20 others were wounded in the attack.



- August 20, 1986. Pat Sherrill (44), a postal worker who was about to be fired, shoots 14 people at a post office in Edmond, Oklahoma. He then kills himself.

Irish Independent

Also in this Section

Classifieds

CarsIreland

Independent Shopping.ie

Meet, chat and connect with
singles in your area

Independent Shopping.ie

Meet Singles Now

Findajob

Apps

Now available on

Independent.ie on Twitter

More

Most Read

Independent Gallery

Your photos

Send us your weather photos promo

Celebrity News