View of a blood-covered wheelbarrow today, Monday, October 2, 2017, near the scene of a shooting while a country music festival was held in Las Vegas, Nevada. EFE.
View of a blood-covered wheelbarrow today, Monday, October 2, 2017, near the scene of a shooting while a country music festival was held in Las Vegas, Nevada. EFE.

The massacres of the 21st century in the United States

Not counting the attacks attributed to terrorist groups, the country has suffered 18 massacres in the last 17 years.


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More than frequently, the United States has been the scene of massacres, mostly committed by US citizens and in many cases in schools.

The 18 worst massacres recorded during this millennium left a toll of 307 fatalities.

These are the 21st century massacres in the United States.

Las Vegas Massacre, Nevada - October 1, 2017

59 fatalities and more than 400 wounded left the shooting allegedly featured by Stephen Paddock (64 years old) who, from the 32nd floor of a hotel, opened fire indiscriminately against a crowd of people attending the closing of the country music festival Route 91 Harvest, next to the Mandalay Bay Hotel of that city.

The alleged murderer committed suicide, police said.

Orlando Massacre, Florida - June 12, 2016

49 people from the LGBT community were killed in the Orlando Pulse club, a gay nightclub, after Omar Saddiqui Mateen, 29, indiscriminately shot inside the facility. More than 50 people were injured.

The killer was shot down in a hostage-release operation, according to the official statement.

San Bernardino Massacre, California - December 2, 2015

14 people were killed and more than 20 were injured after a couple unloaded the cartridges of their automatic weapons in the middle of the year-end holiday of County Health Department employees.

The killers, 28-year-old Syed Rizwan Farrok and his wife Tashfeen Malik, 29, were killed in an exchange with police.

Umpqua Community College Massacre, Roseburg, Oregon - October 1, 2015

9 people died the day Christopher Sean Harper-Mercer burst at school shooting. Security agents at the university shot down the killer.

Charleston Massacre, South Carolina - June 17, 2015

21-year-old Dylann Roof killed 9 parishioners of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. After his capture, the young assassin stated that he wanted to start a racial war. Roof is the first American to be sentenced to death for a hate crime in the United States.

Washington Navy Yard Massacre, Washington, DC - September 16, 2013

12 people were killed in the naval port after 34-year-old Aaron Alexis opened fire on people on the scene. The authorities killed Alexis.

Massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Connecticut - December 14, 2012

In one of the country's most painful massacres, 20 children under the age of 8 and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The killer, Adam Lanza, 20, killed himself after committing the cruel slaughter. Lanza killed his mother moments before the event.

Massacre of Aurora, Colorado - July 20, 2012

12 people lost their lives, and 58 were injured when 24-year-old James E. Holmes activated his AR-15 rifle during the premiere of the movie Batman, the Night Knight at the City Theater.

Holmes was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2015.

Massacre of Seal Beach, California - October 12, 2011

8 people were killed during a shooting at Seal Beach's Meritage Hall carried out by 41-year-old Scott Evans Dekraai, who at the time of his capture carried three pistols: a 9mm Springfield, a Smith & Wesson .44 Magnum, and a Heckler & Koch. Four. Five.

Evans faces a life sentence. Last August 18, an Orange County judge ruled that the death penalty would not apply.

Massacre of Manchester, Connecticut - August 3, 2010

Omar Thornton, who was fired from the Hartford Distributors Company for unlawfully selling alcoholic beverages, murdered 8 of his coworkers. Thornton killed himself after committing the crime.

Appomattox Massacre, Virginia - January 19, 2010

Christopher Speight, 39, killed 8 people in a residential neighborhood of the village.

Speight surrendered to the authorities and in 2013 was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Massacre of Fort Hood, Texas - November 5, 2009.

13 people died and 32 others were injured after Maj. Nidal Hasan, an ex-psychiatrist from the United States Army, opened fire inside the Soldier Readiness Center.

On August 27, 2013, the veteran was sentenced to death. Hasan is awaiting the execution of his sentence in the military jail of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Binghamton Massacre, New York - April 3, 2009

13 immigrants were killed in a community center where they took English classes after Jiverly Wong, a Vietnamese immigrant and US citizen, opened fire in the classroom. Wong committed suicide after the attack.

Carthage Massacre, North Carolina - March 29, 2009

Robert Stewart, 45, murdered 8 people, in a nursing home. Two years later, the murderer was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Massacre of Kinston, Alabama - March 10, 2009

10 people died in a shooting carried out by Michael McLendon. Among the victims were his mother, his grandparents, an aunt and uncle. McLendon committed suicide after committing the multiple homicides.

Omaha Massacre, Nebraska - December 5, 2007

Robert Hawkins, 19, killed 8 people at the town's mall. The young murderer took his life after committing the crime.

Blacksburg Massacre, Virginia - April 16, 2007.

On Virginia Tech's campus, 32 people were killed in one of the most painful massacres in the country.

The murderer, Seung-Hui Cho, a 23-year-old student, committed suicide after the multiple homicide.

Red Lake High School Massacre, Red Lake, Minnesota - March 21, 2005

9 people lost their lives when Jeff Weise, a 16-year-old teenager, opened fire at the school's facilities. Five students, his grandfather, a teacher, a security officer and another adult were the fatal victims of the event. Weise ended up taking his own life.


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