INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — On April 20, 1999, 12 students and a teacher were shot to death at Columbine High School. At the time, it was one of the worst mass shootings in modern U.S. history.
18 years later, the country has experienced multiple mass shootings including Sandy Hook, Pulse Nighclub, Las Vegas Music Festival and most recently a church in Sunderland Springs, Texas. Columbine is no longer considered one of the top 10 deadliest shootings in modern U.S. history.
Here's a list of the 10 deadliest shootings in modern U.S. history.
1. Harvest Music Festival: 59 killed
Around 10 pm on Sunday, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock shot from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort into the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival crowd. The lives of 59 people were taken that day. and hundreds more were injured. Swat teams swarmed Paddock's hotel room shortly after the attack and found him dead. They also found at least 10 weapons in his possession, including rifles.
2. Pulse Nightclub: 49 killed
On June 12, 2016, 49 people were killed at Pulse, a gay nightclub located in downtown Orlando. The gunman, 29-year-old Omar Mateen entered the club, which was at full capacity, with an assault-type rifle, handgun, and a device, according to authorities. NBC news reported that the gunman also called 911 prior to the incident and pledged allegiance to the Islamic state.
3. Virginia Tech: 32 killed
On April 16, 2007, gunman Seung-Hui Cho shot 32 students to death on the Virginia Tech campus before killing himself. An additional 17 people were injured. Cho, 23, was a senior at the university. Days after the shooting, NBC received a package from Cho with a video of him complaining about being bullied. To this day, the Virginia Tech shooting is known as the deadliest school shooting in US history.
4. Sandy Hook Elementary: 27 killed
On the morning of Dec. 14, 2012, Adam Lanza, 20, killed 27 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The victims included 20 elementary-school children, 6 staff and faculty members, and Lanza's mother who worked at the school. Lanza also killed himself. According to a state report, Lanza suffered from mental health issues.
5. First Baptist Church: 26 killed
On Nov. 6, 2017, Devin Kelley walked into First Baptist Church in Sunderland Springs, Texas and began shooting. Kelley killed 26 people and injuring 20 others. Kelley fled the scene but was found by police in his vehicle with a fatal gunshot wound, which he inflicted upon himself. This has become Texas' deadliest mass shooting.
6. Luby's Cafeteria: 23 killed
On Oct. 16, 1991, 35-year-old George Hennard ran his pickup truck into Ruby's Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas. He shot and killed 24 people, including himself. He injured 27 others.
7. McDonald's in San Ydiro: 21 killed
On July 18, 1984, 41-year-old James Huberty opened fire at a McDonalds. His attack killed 21 employees and customers. He was killed by a sniper shortly after the attack.
8. University of Texas: 18 killed
On Aug. 1, 1966, former U.S. Marine Charles Whitman, 25, killed his mother and wife. He then proceeded to go to the top of a tower on the University of Texas' campus (Austin) and killed 16 other people. Thirty more were wounded.
9. San Bernadino: 14 killed
On Dec. 2, 2015, 14 people were killed in an attach at the Inland Regional Center. The center was a facility that provided services for the developmentally disabled and social workers. The shooters were identified as husband and wife, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik. Both assailants were killed by police in a shootout.
10. Edmond, Oklahoma: 14 killed
On Aug. 20, 1986, Patrick Henry Sherill killed 14 fellow postal workers. He then committed suicide.