The worst mass shootings in US history

A Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officer stands in the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Ave after a mass shooting at a country music festival nearby on Oct 2, 2017 in Las Vegas. PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A shooting spree by a gunman at a concert on the famous Las Vegas Strip late Sunday (Oct 1) left more than 50 people dead and over 200 injured, making it the worst mass shooting in US history.

Here is a look back at some of the worst shootings in America in the past 25 years.

Orlando, Florida, June 12, 2016:

Fifty people die and another 53 are injured when a heavily-armed gunman opens fire and seizes hostages at a gay nightclub.

Blacksburg, Virginia, April 16, 2007:

A 23-year-old student of Korean origin goes on a rampage at Virginia Tech University, killing 32 people before committing suicide.

Newtown, Connecticut, Dec 14, 2012:

A young man kills 26 people, including 20 children at Sandy Hook elementary school. He also fatally shoots his mother. He commits suicide.

Killeen, Texas, Oct 16, 1991:

A man shoots dead 22 people in a restaurant and then kills himself. Another wounded victim dies later.

Littleton, Colorado, April 20, 1999:

Two teenage boys shoot and kill 12 classmates and a teacher at Columbine High School before killing themselves.

Aurora, Colorado, July 20, 2012:

A man kills 12 people and injures 70 more when he opens fire at a movie theater showing a late-night premiere of a Batman film in a suburb of Denver. The gunman James Holmes is given a life jail sentence with no chance of parole.

Fort Hood, Texas, Nov 5, 2009:

US army psychiatrist Major Nidal Hasan opens fire at his military base, killing 13 people and wounding 42, before being overpowered by police. The shooting was the worst such incident on a military base in the United States.

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