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Florida nightclub attack just the latest US mass shooting

Posted June 12

A gunman opened fire in a crowded gay dance club in Orlando, Florida, early Sunday morning, leaving at least 50 people dead and 53 injured in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. Authorities identified the attacker as Omar Mateen, of Port St. Lucie man who was killed by SWAT officers. The previous deadliest mass shooting in the U.S. was the 2007 attack at Virginia Tech, in which a student killed 32 people before killing himself.

Here's a look at some of the nation's deadliest rampages since 2012:

— Feb. 25, 2016: Cedric Ford, 38, killed three people and wounded 14 others lawnmower factory where he worked in the central Kansas community of Hesston. The local police chief killed him during a shootout with 200 to 300 workers still in the building, authorities said.

— Feb. 20, 2016: Jason Dalton, 45, is accused of randomly shooting and killing six people and severely wounding two others during a series of attacks over several hours in the Kalamazoo, Michigan, area. Authorities say he paused between shootings to make money as an Uber driver. He faces murder and attempted murder charges.

— Dec. 2, 2015: Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, opened fire at a social services center in San Bernardino, California, killing 14 people and wounding more than 20. They fled the scene but died hours later in a shootout with police.

— Oct. 1, 2015: A shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, left 10 people dead and seven wounded. Shooter Christopher Harper-Mercer, 26, exchanged gunfire with police, then killed himself.

— June 17, 2015: Dylann Roof, 21, shot and killed nine African-American church members during a Bible study group inside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Police contend the attack was racially motivated. Roof faces nine counts of murder in state court and dozens of federal charges, including hate crimes.

— May 23, 2014: A community college student, Elliot Rodger, 22, killed six people and wounded 13 in shooting and stabbing attacks in the area near the University of California, Santa Barbara, campus. Authorities said he apparently shot himself to death after a gunbattle with deputies.

— Sept. 16, 2013: Aaron Alexis, a mentally disturbed civilian contractor, shot 12 people to death at the Washington Navy Yard before he was killed in a police shootout.

— July 26, 2013: Pedro Vargas, 42, went on a shooting rampage at his Hialeah, Florida, apartment building, gunning down six people before officers fatally shot him.

— Dec. 14, 2012: In Newtown, Connecticut, an armed 20-year-old man entered Sandy Hook Elementary School and used a semi-automatic rifle to kill 26 people, including 20 first graders and six adult school staff members. He then killed himself.

— Sept. 27, 2012: In Minnesota's deadliest workplace rampage, Andrew Engeldinger, who had just been fired, pulled a gun and fatally shot six people, including the company's founder. He also wounded two others at Accent Signage Systems in Minneapolis before taking his own life.

— Aug. 5, 2012: In Oak Creek, Wisconsin, 40-year-old gunman Wade Michael Page killed six worshippers at a Sikh Temple before killing himself.

— July 20, 2012: James Holmes, 27, fatally shot 12 people and injured 70 in an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

— April 2, 2012: Seven people were killed and three were wounded when a 43-year-old former student opened fire at Oikos University in Oakland, California. One Goh was charged with seven counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder, but psychiatric evaluations concluded he suffered from long-term paranoid schizophrenia and was unfit to stand trial.


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  • Wendy Ivey Jun 13, 1:54 a.m.
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    All arguments aside, and I am not one of those that agrees with all the latest "words hurt, everyone needs a safe place because their feelings may get hurt" type of person. I am however, a proud Military Mom (I have a son in the Army and one in the Navy) I also have friends in the gay and lesbian community, friends of different nationalities, friends with different religions, etc. That being said----

    Does anyone else find the title of this article offensive? It is as if the reporter and WRAL (since they posted it) are saying "Oh well, no big deal. This is just another shooting in the US" Has WRAL become numb to the fact that bad things are happening in our Country therefore to them this is JUST another story? I do not know or do not think that I know any of the families involved but I do know that they are hurting. This is not JUST another mass shooting. This was a terrorist act and not JUST another story to fill web space and air time.

  • Paul Weaver Jun 12, 11:28 p.m.
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    The shooter was not a known terrorist, wasn't currently on a terrorist watchlist or nofly list, and he wasn't a felon. He also passed a background check, so he was legally able to purchase the weapons. Passing laws like you suggest may certainly help in the future (I'm not suggesting otherwise) but in this case it wouldn't have.

  • David Fleenor Jun 12, 11:25 p.m.
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    Nice propaganda piece WRAL.

  • Jeff Herring Jun 12, 11:17 p.m.
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    Current gun laws allow terrorists, even those on the no-fly list, to buy military assault weapons with high-capacity magazines. That is wrong and has clearly contributed to this attack. So, the terrorist met the NRA's definition of "good guy with a gun" Lunacy of the right-wing.

  • Vince DiSena Jun 12, 9:56 p.m.
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    The left leaning media strikes again #WRAL

  • Kristin Byrne Jun 12, 7:44 p.m.
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    Blaming Bush/Cheney for this crud is old. Get over it. This isn't because we invaded Iraq. This is because there are Muslim extremists in the world and they don't care. They watch us sit and blame each other instead of us coming together and figuring out how to eliminate the threat.

    This was a terror attack, plain and simple. To call it anything else is a travesty to the victims.

    And before I get attacked, I'm a registered democrat. I'm just tired of this and I'm ready to take action against these extremists. Too many innocent people have died. When are we going to grow a set and let it be known that as a nation we will not let this be the norm?

  • Tony Biancardi Jun 12, 6:06 p.m.
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    If that's your reasoning (and you aren't displaying much use of reason), then you should blame Bush/Cheney for the invading Iraq in the first place, which was totally unnecessary and let to where we are now. Did you expect the USA to stay in Iraq forever?

  • Tony Biancardi Jun 12, 5:04 p.m.
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    Maybe it's because, as a news organization, they need to confirm all the facts before labelling it one way or another. There is one unconfirmed report that the gunman pledged loyalty to Isis. There is another interview with the gunman's father who said he hated gays. There is another interview with the gunman's wife, who said he was violent.

  • Cameron Horn Jun 12, 4:56 p.m.
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    WRAL can’t accept the fact that this was an act of Islamic terror. Doesn’t fit into their agenda

  • Dani Vann Jun 12, 4:26 p.m.
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    What little credibility this 'news' source had has just vanished.