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Over 100 people have died in campus shootings in US

Last updated on: December 15, 2012 21:08 IST

Over 100 people have died in campus shootings in US

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Over 100 people have died and about two dozen injured in the campus shootings across the United States over the last 20 years with the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007 being the deadliest claiming 33 lives including that of two Indians, a study says.

The shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut on Friday was America's second-deadliest campus shooting incident which left 28 dead including 20 children.

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Image: A young girl is given a blanket after being evacuated from Sandy Hook Elementary School following a shooting in Newtown
Photographs: Michelle McLoughlin / Reuters

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Virginia Tech massacre, 2007

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On Monday, April 16, 2007, in two separate incidents at the Virginia Tech campus, a gunman Seung-Hui Cho went on a shooting spree killing 32 and wounding at least 17 others before fatally shooting himself.

Two Indians also perished in the 2007 shootout which was carried out by a campus student. While the shooter Cho, reportedly was a senior English major, the victims, Tamil Nadu-born G V Loganathan was a professor there and Minal Panchal was a student hailing from Mumbai.

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Image: A small United States flag is displayed along with flowers at a plague located in the April 16 memorial on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg
Photographs: Chris Keane/Reuters

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University of Texas shootout, 1966

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Up until the Monday mayhem, the deadliest campus shooting in the US history was in 1966 at the University of Texas, where Charles Whitman climbed to the 28th-floor observation deck of a clock tower and opened fire, killing at least 16 people before he was gunned down by the police, the New York Times had reported.

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Image: University of Texas shooter Charles Whitman, pictured in 1963
Photographs: Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

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The Columbine High School attack, 1999

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The Columbine High School attack in Colorado on April 20, 1999 had two teenagers, Eric Harris (18) and Dylan Kiebold (17) gone berserk who killed 12 fellow students and teacher before they killed themselves in the school library, CNN said in a study.

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Image: Shooters Dylan Klebold (R) and Eric Harris are shown in the Columbine High School cafeteria on April 20, 1999, in a still image from a security camera
Photographs: Reuters

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The Red Lake High School massacre, 2005

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The Red Lake High School incident in Minnesota on March 21, 2005 saw Jeff Weise (16) killing his grandfather, and eight others before he shot himself to death, the study said.

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Image: A woman cries for her brother who was killed in the 2005 Red Lake High School massacre in Minnesota.
Photographs: Reuters

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The Amish school shooting, 2006

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The trail of blood through the 20 years is horrendous and painful with the last incident before the Virginia Tech incident falling ironically on October 2, 2006, celebrated globally as the International Day of Non-violence marking the birthday of Mahatama Gandhi.

The October 2 incident at West Nickel Mines School in Pennsylvania had Charles Roberts IV (32) taking 11 girls hostage, of whom five were killed and rest six wounded before the assailant killed himself, the study said.

The history of gun violence in the US has sparked global outrage and has brought the debate on gun controlling laws there to the forefront.

 


Image: The body of the gunman is carried from a schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, October 2, 2006
Photographs: Bradley Bower/Reuters

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