A history of mass shootings in the United States

A woman wipes her tears at a community center where family members are gathering to pick up survivors after a shooting rampage took place in San Bernardino, Calif. on Dec. 2. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

Fourteen people were killed and 21 wounded in a mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, Calif. on Wednesday. President Obama remarked on the shooting, saying "the one thing we do know is that we have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world."

Below is a timeline of mass shootings in the United States over the past 20 years.

Feb. 7, 2008: Kirkwood, Mo. City Council shooting

Five people were killed when Charles Lee Thornton opened fire at Kirkwood City Hall. Thornton was then shot and killed by police.

Jan. 8, 2011: Political event shooting in Tucson, Ariz.

Six people were killed and 14 were injured, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, when Jared Loughner opened fire outside a supermarket in Tuscon, Ariz. Loughner was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

August 3, 2010: Connecticut warehouse shooting

Eight people were killed when Omar S. Thornton, a former employee of Hartford Distributors, opened fire in the beer distributor's warehouse. Thornton later turned the gun on himself.

Nov. 29, 2009: Lakewood, Wash. police officer shooting

Four police officers were killed when Maurice Clemmons entered a Parkland, Wash. coffee shop and opened fire. Clemmons was later killed by police after a two-day manhunt.

Dec. 5, 2007: Westroads Mall shooting

Eight people were killed and four injured when Robert A. Hawkins opened fire at the Omaha, Neb. mall before turning the gun on himself.

Apr. 16, 2007: Virginia Tech shooting

Blacksburg police officers run from Norris Hall on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Va., Monday, April 16, 2007.


Thirty-two people were killed when student and shooter Seung-Hui Cho opened fire at the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Va. Cho then killed himself.

Nov. 2, 1999: Xerox murders


Seven people were killed when Bryan Uyesugi, an employee of the Xerox Engineering Systems office in Honolulu, Hawaii, opened fire on his co-workers.

Apr. 20, 1999: Columbine High School shooting

Students from Columbine High School are led away from the facility after two gunmen went on a shooting rampage Tuesday, April 20, 1999.


Twelve students and a teacher were killed when Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold opened fire at the Littleton, Colo. high school before killing themselves.

Apr. 3, 1995: Walter Rossler Company shooting

Five people were killed when Daniel Simpson opened fire on his former coworkers at Walter Rossler Company in Corpus Christi, Texas before taking his own life.

The Associated Press and Mother Jones contributed to this report.
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