What atrocity happened in your neck of the woods? A photographic look at the largest mass murders and shooting sprees perpetrated in each state.
On April 16, 2007, between 9:30 and 10 a.m., Cho Seung-Hui opened fire in a dorm and then a classroom at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, killing at least 30 people in the deadliest shooting rampage by a single gunman in U.S. history.
Police are still trying to figure out why a soft-spoken 12-year-old student from the Sparks Middle School outside Reno, Nevada, opened fire Monday around 7 a.m., killing one teacher and wounding two students before turning the gun on himself.
Sylvia Seegrist, unable to buy her tranquilizers one day, went to the Springfield Mall in the Philadelphia area and started shooting. A young man finally subdued her, but by then, many had been killed. Her case initiated legislation about the mentally ill and a great deal of controversy over whether someone so disturbed is capable of understanding right from wrong.
As strange as this may sound, it’s actually pretty good advice for adults and kids alike, and could probably be applied with relative success to any mass shooting or spree shooting scenario.
The past year has been rife with tragedy. Many communities throughout the country–most memorably Aurora, Colorado, and Newtown, Connecticut–have been shattered by shootings that claimed the lives of dozens of people. Crime Library has put together an interactive map of the public place shootings of 2012.
The officer shown in this recently released police dash cam video survived the shooting. Colorado spree shooter Evan Ebel was shot down during a high-speed chase by Texas police after he shot a deputy at point-blank range. The deputy survived his encounter with Ebel, but Ebel did not survive his encounter with Texas justice.
On May 21, 1998, 15-year-old Kipland Kinkel opened fire at his Oregon high school’s cafeteria. When police went to his home after the shooting, they found that Kip had shot his parents too.
On May 20, 1998, 15-year-old Kipland Kinkel was expelled from school for having a loaded handgun in his locker. When he came home, his parents weren’t pleased and threatened to send him to boarding school. He shot them both to death. The next day, Kip went to school and started firing. He killed two students and wounded 25.
On May 20, 1988, recently divorced Illinois woman Laurie Dann handed out poisoned snacks and drinks to the people she thought had wronged her, including children she babysat. She then entered an elementary school and opened fire, killing one boy and wounding two girls. Afterwards, she holed up at the home of the Andrew family. She held them hostage and shot the husband before killing herself.