Mass Shooting Incidents In The Last Two Decades

Tyler Durden's picture

At least superficially, they appear to be coming more and more often.

From Reuters:

March 13, 1996 - BRITAIN - Gunman Thomas Hamilton burst into a primary school in the Scottish town of Dunblane and shot dead 16 children and their teacher before killing himself.

April 28, 1996 - AUSTRALIA - Martin Bryant unleashed modern Australia's worst mass murder when he shot dead 35 people at the Port Arthur tourist site in the southern state of Tasmania.

April 1999 - UNITED STATES - Two heavily-armed teenagers went on a rampage at Columbine High School in Littleton, Denver, shooting 13 students and staff before taking their own lives.

July 1999 - UNITED STATES - A gunman killed nine people at two brokerages in Atlanta, after apparently killing his wife and two children. He committed suicide five hours later.

June 2001 - NEPAL - Eight members of the Nepalese Royal family were killed in a palace massacre by Crown Prince Dipendra who later turned a gun on himself and died few days later. His youngest brother also died later raising the death toll to 10.

April 26, 2002 - GERMANY - In Erfurt, eastern Germany, 19-year-old Robert Steinhauser opened fire after saying he was not going to take a math test. He killed 12 teachers, a secretary, two pupils and a policeman at the Gutenberg Gymnasium, before killing himself.

Oct. 2002 - UNITED STATES - John Muhammad and Lee Malvo killed 10 people in sniper-style shooting deaths that terrorized the Washington, D.C., area.

April 16, 2007 - USA - Virginia Tech, a university in Blacksburg, Virginia, became the site of the deadliest rampage in U.S. history when a gunman killed 32 people and himself.

Nov. 7, 2007 - FINLAND - Pekka-Eric Auvinen killed six fellow students, the school nurse, the principal and himself with a handgun at the Jokela High School near Helsinki.

Sept. 23, 2008 - FINLAND - Student Matti Saari opened fire in a vocational school in Kauhajoki in northwest Finland, killing nine other students and one male staff member before killing himself.

March 11, 2009 - GERMANY - A 17-year-old gunman dressed in combat gear killed nine students and three teachers at a school near Stuttgart. He also killed one other person at a nearby clinic. He was later killed in a shoot-out with police. Two additional passers-by were killed and two policemen seriously injured, bringing the death toll to 16 including the gunman.

June 2, 2010 - BRITAIN - Gunman Derrick Bird opened fire on people in towns across the rural county of Cumbria. Twelve people were killed and 11 injured. Bird also killed himself.

April 9, 2011 - NETHERLANDS - Tristan van der Vlis opened fire in the Ridderhof mall in Alphen aan den Rijn, south of Amsterdam, killing six before turning the gun on himself.

July 22, 2011 - NORWAY - Police seize a gunman who killed 69 people at a youth summer camp of Norway's ruling political party, on the small, holiday island of Utoeya. Anders Behring Breivik is later charged with the killings, as well as with an earlier bombing in Oslo which killed eight people. The trial ended last month with Breivik saying that his bombing and shooting rampage was necessary to defend the country - prompting a walk-out by relatives of his victims.

Dec. 13, 2011 - BELGIUM - Gunman Nordine Armani killed three people, including a 17-month-old toddler, wounding 121 in a central square in the eastern city of Liege, before shooting himself. The next day Belgian investigators found the body of a woman in warehouse used by the gunman raising the death toll, including the killer, to five.

July 20, 2012 - UNITED STATES - A masked gunman killed 14 people and wounded 50 others when he opened fire on moviegoers at a showing of new Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises" in the city of Denver.

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Spastica Rex's picture

That was just stupid.


But seriously: +1

The sheep stay divided.

BLOTTO's picture

Also Tyler, just this week in Toronto, Canada


July, 16, 2012

2 Dead, 24 injured during a shooting at a bloc party.


very sad.

pepperspray's picture

Breivik 1-year anniversary is Sunday. The year flew by.

ShortTheUS's picture

It's cool. The next celebrity marriage/divorce will make us numb to these realities once again. Blank faces. Calm as hindu cows.

eurusdog's picture

Wow, I thought this was mostly a US thing. But it appears it is not. Another eye opener from ZH.

sessinpo's picture

Want another eye opener? Don't watch the news on TV anymore. Find a few newsights or websites that link newstories like Drudge and research your own news through them. You'l be amazed at what is not reported and what is twisted (spun left or right).

I now keep my TV watching down to about 1 hour a week.

Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez's picture

I must inform you that if a minority appeared on the TV screen at the time of the shooting this would be classified as a "hate crime".  Shame on you!!!!!!!!


Ol Man's picture

1927 -- US: Bath, Michigan School Disaster. Andrew Kehoe, seeking revenge against the community for taxes imposed on his farm to pay for a new school, set off a TNT bomb in the school, killing 43 people, including 39 grade-school children.

superbroker1's picture

I hope the kardashians were in the crowd.

francis_sawyer's picture

If that were the case, their asses would blocked all the bullets from hitting anyone...

XitSam's picture

Bulletproof Ass ... say that sounds like it could be a movie.

Itch's picture

Guns dont kill people, monkeys do.

krispkritter's picture

What the fuck is that supposed to mean Jock?!?

GMadScientist's picture

Monkeys with guns!

(don't mind the heathens that missed the Izzard reference, dey jus ignant)

EmileLargo's picture

What about all the shootings every day in Compton or inner city Chicago? I think one tends to "notice" the shootings more when middle class people get killed. But shooting and killing is almost an every day feature of life in places like Detroit, Atlanta, Chiacgo, Los Angeles and Miami.

Chump's picture

I also think it has to do with the body count per incident.  If one shooting in Compton had 60+ victims you can bet it would be a huge story as well.  People can stomach gangbangers killing each other 2 or 3 at a time.

Bob's picture

The media coverage would be similar.  But think about the pubic response off camera.  I suspect there would be a very real difference. 

Hype Alert's picture

You'll hear about it when the media can up their ratings or meet their agenda.  Case in point: Ever hear of the Zimmerman/Treyvon shooting? 

EmileLargo's picture

Yes I have been following that story and the media's very visible agenda. The American media is really nasty in situations like that.

buchesky's picture

And Compton and Chicago have the most restrictive gun laws.  How's that working out for you?

DanDaley's picture

The irony being that Chicago and some of those other places have insanely strict gun laws. Maybe morality (or a lack thereof) does have something to do with it.

Coldsun's picture

November 5, 2009 - United States Nidal Malik Hasan, an American Muslim of Palestinian descent and a U.S. Army Major serving as a psychiatrist, killed 13 people and wounded 29 others at Fort Hood military base near Killeen, Texas.

TrainWreck1's picture

Obama: "That could have been my psychiatrist"

francis_sawyer's picture

The MK Ultra program is alive & well... These are 'ritual' sacrifices... (33 days after Rodney King death ~ in pool)

Svendblaaskaeg's picture

Al Bore: thats the effect of man-made global bloody warming

Sanksion's picture

France 2012: Merah, 7 deaths.

magpie's picture

In general these shootings are the handiwork of lone psychopaths - in case they are not, the apparent, artificial 'randomness' is there to hit specific people in the crowd.

LULZBank's picture

Lone gunman and "sruicide" bombers basically implies, there is no need to investigate as there are no leads or other people involved. i.e. Look at the puppet not the puppet master.

bank guy in Brussels's picture

Lone Gunman Theory ...

Often these 'lone psychopaths' are just too convenient.

The other year US Federal Judge John Roll was shot dead a short time after making a major ruling against Obama and the US government. The US media barely covered his murder and this possible reason for it, instead focusing on the wounded congresswoman at the site.

Of course there was a convenient 'lone psychopathic gunman' quickly rolled up into the US system ... where drugs can control what the person ever says.

US Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts, might have been thinking of his colleague, the dead Judge Roll, when Roberts issued his twisted weird ruling in favour of Obamacare.

They no doubt can find some 'lone gunmen' for any other non-co-operative US judges as well - even the ones on the Supreme Court. Deluxe dead supreme court judge funeral included in the package.

Cult of Criminality's picture

Spiders kill you in India,in gangs at that !

If people want to kill people they will  it, does not matter what weapon of choice.Knives,sticks,bats,thumbs,depleted uranium ,plutonium,War,electromagnetic ,cyber,tanks,governments,bankers.

Food. See the weapon does not matter, it is the psychopaths using them.

Doomer's picture

None of these occured in southern Europe.  For some reason, Anglo-Saxons, Germans and Scandanavians seem to have cornered the market on mass shootings.

sessinpo's picture

I beg to differ. There have been mass shootings in the Balkans but the shootings have been classified as war or terrorism related.

GlomarHabu's picture

A few things we need to know:

  • what color was the perp?
  • what party affiliation was he?
  • is it true he had Obamas book in his coat?
  • was he a postal worker or community organizer ( seems if you can get a bunch of people to huddle down,you've organized)
  • did he have shovel ready job or has he given the shovel brigade some work?
  • did he enjoy the movie?
  • he didn't do this alone. he took a gun (made by someone else, and a highway, had clothes etc. Hey, he stood on the shoulders of taxpayers..OMG we're the guilty ones ..I'm so ashamed.

This is just a start and we must get much more granular in the investigation. My first impression is that he disliked the sticky floors in theaters.

Pants McPants's picture

I chuckled, because I like my humor dark.

Overall a clever response.

CoolBeans's picture

Who sold him the tear gas? Who made it possible for the shooter to enter via an emergency exit?   Enjoyed the dark humor as well. 

sessinpo's picture

Let's wait until Netanyahu tells the world the Iranians did it.

MillionDollarBoner_'s picture

Try Googling "anomie"

Take away the structure from a person's life and watch out for the consequences.

How many decent citizens have had their lives shredded by the psycho-sociopaths who pretend to represent us?

Much more like this coming down the pike... 

Widowmaker's picture

When crime pays, murder goes up.

No justice for the lawless, none for the rest either.

dfwpike's picture

Left off this list is the Fort Hood massacre in 2009 that killed 13.  The gunman was a muslim extremist.

Tinky's picture

Yes, and much to the consternation of TPTB, the vast majority aren't.

Bob's picture

They're a much more clever bunch.  Seems they've been busy taking over the US Government.

buzzsaw99's picture

Also left off that list was the nut who shot that congresswoman in tucson. killed 6 wounded many more.

forrestdweller's picture

this is all very tragic.

some wittnesses thought it was part of the movie.

this is what makes me really sad. shooting people, blowing things up, has all become part of our entertainment world.

we know everybody owns guns, we know disturbed people can use them anytime. we see shootings and killing on tv for our own entertainment on a daily basis. it has become normal.

"That was a real kick and good for laughs and lashings of the old ultraviolent" (clockwork orange).


Bob's picture

The shift to nihilistic commoditization of human needs and humanity itself in the mega-corporate consumer era could have something to do with it. 

AnAnonymous's picture

You mean that US citizenism could be a driving force to generate these situations?

forrestdweller's picture

i mean that people have always been terrified and at the same time been attracted to violence.

in the last decades violence has become more and more a part of our popular culture, and we enjoy violent movies every day, we look at the wars all over the world on tv, and we are somehow attracted to it.

in the US one is allowed to own guns, with the result to everybody has one or more guns. we are attracted to these weapons.

but when the real violence comes close and our friends or relatives or neighbours die, we suddenly see the other side of violence and we feel terrified again and realize that violence is not something very attractive, because it destroys. but somehow... we are still attracted to it.