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Orlando Shooting Is the Latest US Mass Shooting


Police officers direct family members away from a fatal shooting at Pulse Orlando nightclub in Orlando, Fla., June 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Police officers direct family members away from a fatal shooting at Pulse Orlando nightclub in Orlando, Fla., June 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

A gunman opened fire in a crowded nightclub in Orlando, Florida, early Sunday morning. At least 50 people are dead and 53 wounded.

It is the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. The previous deadliest mass shooting in the U.S. was the 2007 attack at Virginia Tech. A student there killed 32 people before killing himself.

Here is a list of some of the deadliest shootings compiled by VOA.

December 2015: Couple kill 14 after storming California social services agency, are killed in gun battle with police.

November 2015: Gunman kills three after storming Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic; is arrested after hourslong standoff with police.

October 2015: Gunman kills nine at Oregon community college before being killed in gun battle with police.

July 2015: Gunman kills five at U.S. Navy Reserve center in Tennessee before being shot and killed by police.

June 2015: Gunman kills nine people in South Carolina church before fleeing, is captured the following day, awaiting trial.

Mourners wait in line to attend the funeral of Cynthia Hurd, 54, at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., where she was killed June 17 along with eight others, June 27, 2015.

Mourners wait in line to attend the funeral of Cynthia Hurd, 54, at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., where she was killed June 17 along with eight others, June 27, 2015.

May 2015: Nine killed in shootout between rival motorcycle clubs and police at Texas restaurant.

October 2014: Teenage gunman kills four teens, two of whom are his cousins, in Washington state high school before committing suicide.

September 2013: Gunman kills 12 people at a naval facility in Washington before dying in a gun battle with police.

December 2012: Gunman kills 26 adults and children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut before killing himself.

August 2012: Gunman kills six people at Sikh Temple in Wisconsin before committing suicide after being shot by police.

July 2012: Gunman kills 12 people during showing of Batman movie in Colorado.

January 2011: Gunman kills six people and wounds U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona.

November 2009: U.S. Army psychiatrist kills 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas.
April 2007: Virginia Tech student kills 32 people before committing suicide.
Students, friends and family hold candles up during a candle light vigil marking the second anniversary of the April 16, 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech

Students, friends and family hold candles up during a candle light vigil marking the second anniversary of the April 16, 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech

October 2006: Gunman kills five girls in Pennsylvania Amish school before committing suicide.

January 2006: Ex-postal worker kills eight before committing suicide in California in rare case of female shooter.

April 1999: Two Columbine High School students kill 12 students, one teacher and themselves in Colorado.

November 1991: Gunman kills four University of Iowa faculty members and a student before committing suicide.

October 1991: Gunman crashes pickup truck into Texas cafe, then begins shooting; kills 23 people before committing suicide.

August 1986: Gunman kills 14 postal workers in Oklahoma before committing suicide.

July 1984: Gunman kills 21 people at a McDonald's California before being killed by police.

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