Florida school shooting among 10 deadliest in modern US history

 foxnews.com  2/15/2018 1:15:00 AM   Jennifer Earl

After each massacre, survivors and witnesses have echoed the words “no more” — yet mass shootings have continued to plague the U.S.

In fact, shootings only have continued to increase over the past few years.

Wednesday’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is the third deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history to take place within the past five months.

It’s also the 25th fatal shooting at a U.S. elementary, middle or high school since — and including — Columbine in 1999.

Here’s a look back at the 10 deadliest shootings that the country ever has seen as the nation mourns yet another tragedy.

Las Vegas, Nev. — Route 91 Festival, 58 killed

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 01: Las Vegas police stand guard along the streets outside the Route 91 Harvest Country music festival groundss of the Route 91 Harvest on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. There are reports of an active shooter around the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

Gunman Stephen Paddock fired at a Las Vegas concert from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino on Oct. 1, 2017, killing 58 people.  (Getty Images)

Authorities say gunman Stephen Paddock fired at the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert on the Las Vegas Strip from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino on Oct. 1, 2017, killing 58 people and wounding more than 520 others.

It was the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history, police said. Twenty-one victims were shot in the head, 36 died with chest and back wounds and one died of a gunshot to a leg, according to a coroner’s report.

SWAT teams who stormed Paddock’s room discovered the 64-year-old dead of a self-inflicted gunshot to the mouth, the report adds.

Orlando, Fla. — Pulse nightclub, 49 killed

A guest strolls through the parking lot outside the Pulse Nightclub on the one year anniversary of the shooting, in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 12, 2017. REUTERS/Scott Audette - RC1C81D7DF00

A gunman fatally shot 49 people and wounded more than 50 others when he opened fire inside Pulse nightclub, a gay Orlando club, in 2016.  (Reuters/Scott Audette)

Omar Seddique Mateen killed at least 49 people and wounded more than 50 others when he opened fire in Pulse, a gay Orlando nightclub, on June 12, 2016. Mateen eventually was killed by police after a standoff.

That was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history prior to the Las Vegas attack.

Blacksburg, Va. — Virginia Tech, 32 killed

Members of the community hold up candles as they listen to taps being played during a commemoration and candlelight vigil on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia April 16, 2012. Five years after a mentally ill student gunned down 32 people at Virginia Tech, the university on Monday held classes for the first time on the anniversary of the country's deadliest mass shooting. REUTERS/Chris Keane (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW ANNIVERSARY) - GM1E84H0Q0V01

Members of the Blacksburg, Va., community hold a candlelight vigil five years after a mentally ill student went on a killing rampage around Virginia Tech's campus in 2007.  (Reuters/Chris Keane)

Virginia Tech student Seung-Hui Cho fatally shot 32 people in two locations of the school’s Blacksburg, Va., campus in April 2007, before killing himself with a bullet to the head.

Many of the victims had defensive wounds, indicating they tried to shield themselves from the gunfire, but there was no evidence that Cho struggled with any of the people he killed.

Virginia Tech’s response to the shootings by the mentally ill student caused schools nationwide to review security protocols.

Newtown, Conn. — Sandy Hook, 26 killed

A sign stands at a makeshift memorial in Newtown, Connecticut early Sunday December 16, 2012. Twelve girls, eight boys and six adult women were killed in the shooting on Friday at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW EDUCATION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - GM1E8CG1L8301

A makeshift memorial in Newtown, Conn., stands in honor of the 20 children and six adults Adam Lanza killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.  (Reuters/Mike Segar)

On Dec. 14, 2012, Adam Lanza, 20, shot his mother dead in her home, then drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School and fatally shot 20 children, between the ages of 6 and 7.

Lanza also murdered school personnel, killing a total of 26 people, before committing suicide.

“In fewer than 11 minutes, twenty first-grade pupils and six adults had lost their lives,” a police report released after the massacre reads.

Sutherland Springs, Texas — First Baptist Church, 26 killed

A flag is hanging near the First Baptist Church, the site of November 5 church shooting where a gunman killed 26 and wounded 20 in Sutherland Springs, Texas, U.S., November 11, 2017. REUTERS/Tim Reid - RC1508DE0760

 (On Nov. 5, 2017, gunman Devin Patrick Kelley opened fire at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 26 people.)

On Nov. 5, 2017, gunman Devin Patrick Kelley opened fire at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

He killed 26 people, including an unborn baby, and injured another 20.

Kelley, 26, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after he was shot and chased by two men who heard the gunfire at the church and chased after him in a vehicle.

Investigators said the attack appeared to stem from a domestic dispute involving Kelley and his mother-in-law, Michelle Shields, who sometimes attended services at the church. Kelly sent several disturbing text messages to Shields prior to the shooting.

“I suggest you don’t test my resolve,” read one of several texts.

That wasn’t the first time Kelley became violent.

In New Mexico, he was kicked out of the Air Force following a court-martial in 2012 for abusing his first wife and reportedly hitting her child hard enough to fracture his skull. In Colorado, he was charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty after someone saw him punch a dog several times.

And in Texas, sheriff’s deputies were called to his parents’ house after his girlfriend told a friend he was abusing her.

“You had to walk on eggshells around him all the time because you’re afraid of saying something to upset him,” Shields told the San Antonio Express-News months after the attack.

Killeen, Texas — Luby’s Cafeteria shooting, 23 killed

George “Jo-Jo” Hennard, an unemployed merchant seaman, shot and killed 23 people and wounded 27 others during the lunchtime rush at Luby’s Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas, on Oct. 16, 1991.

Hennard killed himself shortly after the rampage.

During the attack, Hennard reportedly targeted women, whom he called “vipers.”

San Ysidro, Calif. — McDonald’s, 21 killed

A United States flag (C) flies between the state flag of California (L) and a McDonald's restaurant flag at the border in San Ysidro, California September 27, 2011. With over 13 million vehicles a year, 24 lanes of traffic and 18,000 pedestrians a day, the task of risk management happens 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the U.S.-Mexican border in San Ysidro, California. Hundreds of customs and border protection officers use sophisticated technology to protect the busiest land border crossing in the U.S. The world's population is projected to reach 7 billion on October 31, 2011, according to official U.N. population projections, presenting what the United Nations Population Fund called both a challenge and an opportunity. Picture taken September 27, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES - Tags: TRANSPORT POLITICS BUSINESS FOOD) - GM1E7A71O6I01

James Huberty fatally shot 21 people and injured more than a dozen others after he went on a shooting rampage in a San Ysidro, Calif., McDonald's restaurant in 1984.  (Reuters/Mike Blake)

On July 18, 1984, James Huberty, 41, fatally shot 21 people and injured 19 others in and around a McDonald’s restaurant in San Ysidro, Calif. Among the dead were children and teenagers.

Huberty later was killed by a SWAT sniper.

Parkland, Fla. — Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, 17 killed

Family members embrace after a student walked out from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, in Parkland, Fla. The shooting at the South Florida high school sent students rushing into the streets as SWAT team members swarmed in and locked down the building. Police were warning that the shooter was still at large even as ambulances converged on the scene and emergency workers appeared to be treating those possibly wounded. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Family members hug a student after he exited Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, 2018, in Parkland, Fla.  (AP)

A shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, left at least 17 people dead and 15 wounded on Feb. 14, officials said.

The shooting suspect, who was identified as 19-year-old Nikolaus Cruz, had been expelled for disciplinary reasons.

The alleged gunman carried an AR-15 rifle and had “countless magazines,” Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said.

An Instagram page apparently belonging to Cruz showed pictures of guns and knives.

One student told WJXT that “everyone predicted” the shooting and some teachers acknowledged there were warning signs. However, Superintendent Robert Runcie said he was not aware of any specific warnings the school district had received regarding the shooter.

San Bernardino, Calif., 14 killed

An investigator looks at a Black SUV that was involved in a police shootout with suspects, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, in San Bernardino, Calif. A heavily armed man and woman opened fire Wednesday on a holiday banquet, killing multiple people and seriously wounding others in a precision assault, authorities said. Hours later, they died in a shootout with police. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

The husband and wife duo who fatally shot 14 people at a holiday party in San Bernardino, Calif., in 2015 were killed by police during a shootout.  (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

On Dec. 2, 2015, husband and wife Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik opened fire at a holiday party in San Bernardino, Calif., killing 14 people and wounding 22 others.

After the shooting, the couple was shot by more than two dozen police officers more than 40 times combined, and killed.

Autopsies found that Farook was shot 27 times, and Malik was shot at least 15 times.

Austin, Texas — University of Texas, 14 killed

U of Texas

The Main Bell Tower at the University of Texas is shown Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1999, in Austin, Texas.  (AP)

On Aug. 1, 1966, University of Texas engineering student Charles Whitman climbed to the school’s iconic clock tower and opened fire.

Whitman, a former Marine who had earlier murdered his mother and wife, killed 14 and wounded 31 before he was gunned down by police.

Whitman fired at people from his perch on the tower for more than an hour.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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