In the wake of the deadliest mass-shooting in the history of the United States, we take a look at the worst mass shootings in this country over the last 3 decades.
The above infographic was created by the Washington Post using data compiled from Mother Jones magazine.
Last night’s Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando is the deadliest shooting of all time with 50 deaths. It also has the second most injuries (53), second to the Aurora theater shooting in 2012 (58).
Second, is the worst school shooting of all time—the infamous Virginia Tech shooting in 2007 that left 33 dead and 23 injured.
The worst shooting not to happen at a school was Luby’s massacre, which occurred after 35-year-old George Hennard crashed his pickup truck into Luby’s Cafeteria, a restaurant in a Killeen, Texas, and immediately started shooting patrons, leaving 24 dead and 20 injured.
Breaking down the numbers, we see that in this top 25 list that spans over 30 years, 16 shootings occurred in the past 11 years, which seems to suggest that such shootings are becoming more prevalent.
The most common locations in the list are workplaces (6—GMAC, Atlanta Day Trading, Standard Gravure, 101 California Street, Westroads Mall, Hartford Beer Distributor), and schools (5). There have been two shootings apiece in restaurants, churches, and army bases. The Pulse Nightclub shooting is the first shooting of this magnitude to take place in a nightclub in this country.
See below for a mass shooting map by location.
— Boris Ryvkin (@BRyvkin) December 12, 2015