Consider this: it hasn't quite been two years since Jared Loughner opened fire outside a Tucson safeway, killing six people, and injuring 13, including then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
With today's shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut -- which reportedly killed 27 people, including 20 kids -- there have now been six mass shootings in the United States that were more deadly than Loughner's shooting, in less than two years.
Of course, the shooting carried out by Loughner -- who's since been sentenced to life in prison -- likely attracted additional attention since it involved Loughner shooting a sitting congresswoman in the head.
However, going by the number of people left dead, six shootings have been deadlier than Loughner's since that day, and a seventh left just as many people dead as Loughner did.
Here they are:
- Newtown Connecticut: 27 or 28 dead
- Aurora, Colorado: 12 dead
- Seal Beach, California: 8 dead
- Oakland, California: 7 dead
- Oak Creek, Wisconsin: 7 dead
- Minneapolis, Minnesota: 7 dead
- Seattle, Washington: 6 dead
The facts are still coming in on this, today's shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. According to the Associated Press, police believe 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children, six adults, and finally, himself. A 28th person was also found dead, at a different location, but it's unclear how that's connected to the shooting at the school.
James Holmes is accused of killing 12 people, and injuring 59, when he opened fire inside a movie theater about 30 minutes into the film, The Dark Knight Rises on July 20.
Scott Dekraai apparently got into a child-custody argument with his ex-wife on October 12, 2011. According to the Orange County District Attorney, Dekraai went to his wife's place of employment -- a hair salon -- and started "executing employees and customers at random." Only one person shot survived, while eight people died.
One L. Goh, a former student at a Korean Christian college in Oakland, allegedly started shooting people in a nursing class on April 2, killing seven people, and injuring three. He eventually surrendered to police, and until today, this was the deadliest shooting at a school since the Virginia Tech Massacre in 2007.
Apparent white-supremacist Wade Michael Page started shooting people at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin on August 5. After being shot by a responding police officer, Page killed himself by shooting himself in the head. In total, Page killed seven people, including himself. Four others, including a police officer, were injured.
Andrew Engeldinger was fired from his job at a printing company on September 27, and responded by shooting people inside the building. Seven people ended up dying as a result of the shooting, including Engeldinger, who committed suicide.
Ian Stawicki shot five people at a Seattle cafe on May 30. Four of them died. Stawicki shot and killed another woman a half-hour later, before stealing her SUV, and killed himself after being cornered by the cops.
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