Oregon Massacre Is The Deadliest Mass Shooting Of 2015
And 584 people have died in over three decades of gruesome shootings.
The tragedy that unfolded on Thursday at an Oregon community college is the latest flash point in the country’s ongoing battle with gun violence.
A gunman identified as 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer killed nine people and injured several others after he opened fired at Umpqua Community College, located in the Roseburg area. This latest incident brings the mass murder death toll to 584 people in thirty years of gruesome mass shootings in the U.S.
Using data compiled by Mother Jones and Vocativ’s own reporting, we’ve added the latest fatalities to highlight the staggering numbers behind mass shootings in the U.S.
26 people dead in so far 2015
Including the 10 reported deaths on Thursday at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, 26 people have died from mass shootings this year, making it the largest attack in 2015. It surpassed the death toll in the Charleston massacre on June 17, in which Dylann Roof, 21, opened fire at a church in South Carolina, killing nine and injuring one other.
73 mass shootings since 1982
Some 584 people have died in 73 mass shootings in the last 35 years. The worst year on record is 2012, during which the biggest shooting was the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting on December 14. Adam Lanza, 20, shot his mother dead at their home, and then drove to Sandy Hook Elementary school. He forced his way inside and opened fire, killing 20 children and six adults before committing suicide.
45 white mass shooters
The identity of the gunman from Thursday’s tragedy has not been identified yet, but white men are overwhelmingly responsible for mass shootings. Since 1982, whites have committed 45 massacres, more than four times the tally of African Americans, who account for just 11.
Two mass shooters were female
In 35 years there have been just two occasions in which women were responsible for mass killings. On February 20, 2014, Cherie Lash Rhoades, 44, opened fire at the Cedarville Rancheria Tribal Office and Community Center in Alturas, California, killing four and wounding two. After running out of ammunition, Rhoades grabbed a butcher knife and stabbed another person to death. Earlier in Goleta, California, on January 30, 2006, former postal worker Jennifer Sanmarco, 44, shot dead a former neighbor, then drove to the mail processing plant where she used to work. Inside, she opened fire, killing six employees before committing suicide.
33 people died at Virginia Tech
With 33 deaths, the Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia massacre on April 16, 2007 holds the record for the highest body count. Student Seung-Hui Cho, 23, opened fire on his school’s campus, killing 32 people and injuring 23 others before committing suicide.