The crowd had gathered to watch country musician Jason Aldean perform, part of a three-day festival.
The gunman has been identified as Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old man from Mesquite, Nevada, according to USA Today. Experts suspect he used a fully automatic weapon. The tragedy marks the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history. Sadly, that title has been given to several incidents over the past decade. Here are the other nine of the 10 worst shootings in American history, to date.
2. Pulse Nightclub
On June 12, 2016, 49 people were shot to death in what was, until this week, the deadliest shooting in American history. Over 50 people were injured in Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida as reported by CBS. Shooter Omar Saddiqui Mateen, 29, was shot and killed by police during the incident.
3. Virginia Tech
On April 16, 2007, 32 people were killed and 17 wounded at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, as reported by CNN. The shooter, Seung-Hui Cho, 23, committed suicide after the shooting.
4. Sandy Hook
On December 14, 2012, 27 people were killed inside Sandy Hook Elementary School. Twenty of the victims were aged 6 and 7, as reported by the New York Post. Adam Lanza, 20, shot himself after the horrible shooting that took the lives of so many children.
Lanza also shot his mother to death before entering the school. Two people were wounded in the attack.
5. Luby’s Cafeteria
On October 16, 1991, 23 people were killed in a shooting at Luby’s Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas. First, 35-year-old George Hennard crashed his pick-up truck through a glass window of the restaurant, as reported by CBS. Then, he got out and shot 23 people to death before committing suicide.
Twenty-seven were injured in the shooting.
On July 18, 1984, 21 people were shot to death inside a McDonald's in San Ysidro, California. Nineteen were injured, as reported by CBS. Both adults and children died in the shooting. The gunman, 41-year-old James Huberty, was fatally shot by a SWAT team sniper nearly an hour after the rampage started.
7. University of Texas
On August 1, 1966, 18 people were killed and 31 wounded after a gunman shot from a University of Texas tower, as reported by NBC News. Charles Joseph Whitman, 25, a former US Marine, killed his mother and wife before shooting from the watchtower. He was shot dead by police.
8. San Bernardino
On December 2, 2015, husband and wife Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 29, shot up an employee party at Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, killing 14, according to CNN. Twenty-four were injured.
9. Oklahoma Postal Shooting
On August 20, 1986, mail carrier Patrick Henry Sherrill, 44, shot and killed 14 post workers, wounding six, at his workplace in Edmond, Oklahoma. Then, he shot himself.
10. Fort Hood, Binghamton, and Columbine
There are multiple mass shootings had a death toll of 13, rounding out the 10th spot.
Here are the most recent three: On November 5, 2009, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan killed 13 people and injured 32 at Fort Hood, Texas, as reported by CNN. He was arrested and sentenced to death.
Earlier that year, on April 3, 2009, Jiverly Wong killed 13 and injured 4 at an immigrant community center in Binghamton, New York before killing himself, as reported by the
A decade before that, 13 people were killed and 12 injured when high school students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold caused a mass shooting before killing themselves at Columbine High School as reported by CNN.
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