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Columbine to Oregon's Umpqua College: Tragic List of School Shootings Since '99

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Update: Periodically, we've compiled rosters of school shootings that have taken place since the attack on Columbine High School — and such incidents appear to be escalating.

Our original post, published on April 20, 2009, the tenth anniversary of the massacre, showed approximately 108 school shootings following the Columbine massacre.

A 2012 update, shared after the December 2012 killings in Newtown, Connecticut, added 73 more.

Now, in the wake of the horrific mass shootings at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, we've crunched the numbers again, with the help of this Wikipedia page. The results: another 81 shootings, bringing the total to 262, including another one in Colorado — the December 2013 murder of Claire Davis at Arapahoe High School. And we've got to imagine we may have missed some examples of this awful phenomenon. After all, the only thing that seems to slow the pace of deadly gunfire on school campuses is summer vacation.

As you'll see, not all of these shootings resulted in multiple casualties. In a few examples, there were no injuries. But one of the things that's most shocking about the list is how little publicity many of these examples of on-campus gun violence have received. So common are school shootings that without high body counts, they're treated like typical local news. That's a sad testimony to the size and scope of the problem.

Below, see the shootings after Newtown, followed by our previous coverage, which includes the incidents since April 20, 1999.

January 7, 2013, Fort Myers, Florida
Shots were fired at Apostolic Revival Center Christian School, leaving 27-year-old Kristopher Smith dead in what was believed to be a retaliation killing, possibly for talking with police about a previous incident.

January 10, 2013, Taft, California
A gunman entered a science classroom of Taft Union High School with a 12 gauge shotgun and opened fire. A 16-year-old male student, identified as Bowe Cleveland, was shot in the chest and critically wounded. Another student was shot at, but was not hit. The classroom teacher, Ryan Heber, convinced him to drop his weapon, and the gunman followed his order and was later arrested. Additionally, Heber suffered a minor wound from being grazed by a shotgun pellet during the ordeal. The gunman was suspected to be a 16-year-old student of the school, Bryan Oliver. Cleveland and the other student that was shot at are both believed to be intended targets of the gunman. On January 14, Oliver was charged with two counts of attempted murder and assault with a firearm. Oliver was found guilty of the charges and was sentenced to 32 years of prison.

January 15, 2013, St. Louis, Missouri
A gunman shot an administrator in his office on the fourth floor of Stevens Institute of Business and Arts, wounding him. The suspected gunman, Sean Johnson, a part-time student, shot and wounded himself on a stairwell. Both the administrator and Johnson were hospitalized in stable conditions. Johnson was charged with three felony charges, including assault.[386]
January 15, 2013 Hazard, Kentucky 3 0 Two people were shot and killed and a third person was wounded at the parking lot of Hazard Community and Technical College. The third victim, 12-year-old Taylor Cornett, died from her wounds the next day. 21-year-old Dalton Lee Stidham was arrested and charged with three counts of murder.

January 16, 2013, Chicago, Illinois
A 17-year-old boy, Tyrone Lawson, was shot to death in a parking lot of Chicago State University. The shooting happened after high school basketball games were being held on the university campus, and Lawson was a spectator at the event. Police arrested two people after the shooting and recovered a weapon.

January 22, 2013, Houston, Texas
Between the Library and Academic Building outside of Lone Star College–North Harris, two men got into an argument and one of the men pulled out a gun and shot the other man, a student, injuring him. A maintenance man suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and the gunman accidentally shot himself in the leg as well. After the shooting, the gunman fled into the woods and was arrested hours later. The charges against the initial suspect were dropped and another man was arrested.

January 31, 2013, Phoenix, Arizona
An argument over turf and respect between two rival gangs escalated to what police now describe as a "gun battle" at Cesar Chavez High School in Phoenix. Approximately fifteen shots were fired in the vicinity of people waiting to get into a scheduled boy's basketball game. No one was injured.

January 31, 2013, Atlanta, Georgia
A 14-year-old male student was shot and wounded in the back of the neck at Price Middle School. The gunman, a student, was believed to be arguing with the other student before taking out a handgun and firing multiple shots at him. In addition, a teacher was injured during the shooting. Afterward, the gunman was disarmed by a school resource officer and subsequently apprehended. He was charged with aggravated assault.

March 18, 2013, Orlando, Florida
At the University of Central Florida, 30-year-old student James Oliver Seevakumaran pulled a fire alarm went off at the Tower 1 dormitory. According to plans he had written, Seevakumaran intended to attract a large amount of people inside the building to gather and shoot them. He then pointed a handgun at his roommate and threatened to shoot him inside their dormitory room. Seevakumaran released his roommate who ran into a bathroom to call 911. Seevakumaran then fatally shot himself in the head. Authorities found an assault weapon, a couple hundred rounds of ammunition and four homemade bombs inside his backpack.

April 12, 2013, Christiansburg, Virginia
Two women were wounded during a shooting at the campus of New River Community College. Neil Allen MacInnis was taken into custody. In June 2014, he was sentenced to 38 years in prison.

April 16, 2013, Grambling, Louisiana
Three students were shot and injured on the campus of Grambling State University.

April 18, 2013, Cambridge, Massachusetts
At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, near Building 32 (Stata Center) at 10:48 p.m. EDT,[396] a campus police officer was shot multiple times. The officer, 26-year-old Sean Collier, was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital in nearby downtown Boston, where he was pronounced dead. The shooting was believed to be perpetrated by the suspects of the Boston Marathon bombings that took place in Boston three days prior to this shooting.[398][399] The two suspects are brothers Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
About three hours after the MIT shooting, Tamerlan died in a gunfight with police in Watertown, Massachusetts. In that gunfight, another officer was shot and seriously wounded. Dzhokhar was arrested 18 hours afterward in Watertown, and was hospitalized in critical condition from a gunshot wound to the neck.

May 14, 2013, Birmingham, Alabama
Allegedly responding to a student fight, a parent brought and fired a weapon on the campus of Ossie Ware Mitchell Middle School. No one was injured.
June 7, 2013 Santa Monica, California 6 4 2013 Santa Monica shooting: Six people, including the shooter died and four others were wounded at or near the campus of Santa Monica College when a lone gunman opened fire on the school campus library after shooting at several cars and a city bus at separate crime scenes. The gunman, John Zawahri, was fatally wounded by responding police officers. Among the dead were the shooter's father and brother, both of whom died inside a house that was set on fire a mile or so from the Santa Monica College campus.

June 20, 2013, West Palm Beach, Florida
Two custodians at Alexander W. Dreyfoos School were shot and killed. The deceased were Christopher Marshall, 48, and his boss Ted Orama, 56. A third custodian was suspected in the killings and was apparently on the lam.

August 20, 2013, Decatur, Georgia
A man with an AK-47 fired six shots inside the front office of Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy, an elementary school. After the gunman fired the shots, he barricaded himself in the office and police at the scene returned fire. Nobody was injured. Children had to leave the building and were being guided to a corner of a field, where they were picked up by their parents. The alleged gunman is a 20-year-old male named Michael Brandon Hill. In the front office of the school, Hill talked with Antoinette Tuff, a woman who worked in the front office, who had called 9-1-1. Tuff talked him down, and helped him surrender to the police before anyone was hurt. Hill was apprehended.

August 23, 2013, Sardis, Mississippi
A student, Roderick Bobo, 15, was shot during a football game at North Panola High School in what was termed as a gang-related shooting. Two others were injured in the shooting, and three men were charged as being responsible for the crime.

August 30, 2013, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
A 15-year-old male student was shot in the neck and shoulder at Carver High School, at 2:30 PM. The victim was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. An 18-year-old male student was apprehended by a school resource officer without incident. The suspected gunman is charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, carrying a concealed gun, possessing and discharging a firearm, and carrying a firearm onto educational property. The shooting was believed to be the result of an ongoing dispute between the suspect and the victim.

October 4, 2013, Pine Hills, Florida
A 16-year-old student was shot in the hip at Agape Christian Academy after a fight broke out at 2 pm. An innocent bystander was hit in his ankle by a stray bullet or shrapnel. The two victims were treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The suspected shooter reportedly fled in a car with several other males. He was not caught.

October 21, 2013, Sparks, Nevada
12-year-old seventh-grade student Jose Reyes opened fire with a semi-automatic handgun at the basketball courts of Sparks Middle School, injuring one student in the shoulder. A teacher, Michael Landsberry, who was trying to intervene with the gunman was then shot and killed by Reyes, as he was standing on a playground. Reyes shot and wounded student who tried to come to Landsberry's assistance after he fell onto the ground. That student suffered an injury to his abdomen. Reyes then committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. The shooting happened before classes, and the school was evacuated and was closed for the week.

November 2, 2013, Greensboro, North Carolina
A 21-year-old student was shot and wounded at North Carolina A&T State University. The victim was hospitalized for serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The university was temporarily locked down that night, and the lockdown was lifted about half an hour later. No suspects are in custody.

November 3, 2013, Lithonia, Georgia
A Stephenson High School student and a janitor were shot in an apparent confrontation between team members and a group of teens who were not attending the school. Both were innocent bystanders in the ordeal.

November 13, 2013, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
After classes ended, at least one gunman came out of the woods and opened fire on three students as they were walking to their cars at Brashear High School. One student was grazed in the head, another was struck in the neck and shoulder, and a third was hit in the leg and foot. Six people were taken into custody. The shooting is believed to be drug-related.

December 4, 2013, Winter Garden, Florida
A 15-year-old student was shot and wounded by a 17-year-old student near a soccer field on the campus of West Orange High School. The shooting occurred after a fight broke out between the two students. The 17-year-old suspected shooter was taken into custody several miles away from the school, and is charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery with a firearm, possession of a firearm by a minor and possession of a firearm on school grounds. In October 2014, the shooter was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

December 13, 2013, Centennial, Colorado
18-year-old Karl Pierson shot 17-year-old student Claire Davis in the head, fatally injuring her, in a hallway in Arapahoe High School. Pierson then committed suicide by shooting himself. Pierson was armed with a shotgun, three Molotov cocktails, and a machete. He was looking for a faculty member who had disciplined him, and intended to shoot him. Claire Davis died from her injuries on December 21, 2013.

December 19, 2013, Fresno, California
Four teens went into Edison High School in what was believed as a gang-initiation process. After accosting a 62-year-old woman about a mile away from school grounds, they found an athletic trainer who taught at Edison High and shot him several times in the leg and stomach.

January 9, 2014, Jackson, Tennessee
A student was charged with bringing a gun to school at Liberty Technology Magnet High School and shooting a classmate in the thigh. The incident occurred outside the front of the school.

January 13, 2014 New Haven, Connecticut
A 14-year-old boy was shot outside of a basketball game at the Hillhouse High School athletic facility, suffering wounds in his hand and leg.

January 14, 2014, Roswell, New Mexico
Two people were shot and wounded inside the gymnasium of Berrendo Middle School, at about 8:10 am. An 11-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl were airlifted to a hospital in Lubbock, Texas in critical condition. The 12-year-old suspected shooter, Mason Campbell, a seventh grade student, was apprehended at the scene after he was talked down by a staff member and dropped the shotgun. A staff member received minor injuries. Campbell was charged with three counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He was sentenced to a maximum sentence of confinement in a juvenile detention facility until he is 21 years old.

January 17, 2014, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
A student allegedly shot two other students in the gymnasium at Delaware Valley Charter School. Both victims, a male and a female, were shot in the arm. They were taken to a nearby hospital and are in stable condition, police say. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said at a news conference that the shooter ran out of the school after the shooting but was taken into custody near his home. 17-year-old Raisheem Rochwell was arrested and charged as an adult for aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and firearms offenses. Rochwell was sentenced to two years of juvenile detention.

January 20, 2014, Chester, Pennsylvania
One person was shot and critically injured at Widener University. The incident occurred around 10:00 pm outside the university sport’s complex and led to an 8-hour university lock-down. The suspect was not immediately found.

January 21, 2014, West Lafayette, Indiana
A 21-year-old student, Andrew Boldt, was stabbed and shot and killed in a classroom building on the campus of Purdue University. 24-year-old student Cody Cousins was found guilty of the murder and was sentenced to 65 years of prison. In October 2014, Cousins committed suicide in his cell.

January 24, 2014, Orangeburg, South Carolina
A 20-year-old student was shot and killed at South Carolina State University. A 19-year-old was arrested and charged with murder.

January 25, 2014, Los Angeles, California
A man was shot and killed at Los Angeles Valley College. Two suspects were arrested in the fatal shooting.

January 27, 2014, Carbondale, Illinois
A group of students at Rebound High School got in an argument in the school's parking lot. One student pulled out a gun and shot another student in the ensuing altercation. An 18-year-old suspect is facing charges of attempted murder.

January 28, 2014, Honolulu, Hawaii
A 17-year-old boy was shot in the wrist after attacking police officers with a kitchen knife at President Theodore Roosevelt High School. The 17-year-old was charged with attempted murder.

January 28, 2014, Nashville, Tennessee
One student was shot in the leg in an apparent altercation over a gambling debt at Tennessee State University.

January 30, 2014, Palm Bay, Florida
Three students were fighting in a parking lot of Eastern Florida State College and one pulled out a gun and shot another of the students. All three student claimed self-defense.

January 31, 2014, Des Moines, Iowa
After a basketball game at North High School, there was gunfire in a parking lot of the school. Six males in a black jeep had came moments before the shooting and returned at the time it happened. A 15-year-old girl was injured by a ricocheting bullet. While officers were gaining control of the area, teachers on the scene led students into the school building for safety.

February 10, 2014, Salisbury, North Carolina
A 16-year-old student was shot in the stomach on the campus of Salisbury High School during a dispute in the school gym. 17-year-old suspect was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, possession of a firearm on school property and discharging a weapon on school property.

February 10, 2014, Lyndhurst, Ohio
Five shots were fired in the parking lot of Charles F. Brush High School, including one which hit an unoccupied police car. No one was reported to be injured, though a school basketball game was going on at the time.

February 12, 2014, Los Angeles, California
A male victim was shot in the back in a possible gang-related drive-by shooting near the University of Southern California. The suspect fled into the University Campus. The victim was last reported in stable condition before being transported to a local hospital.

February 21, 2014, San Jose, California
A man wielding a large knife was shot and killed by officers from the San Jose State University police department, across from the University campus. Responding officers first tried to Taser the man, but this was ineffective.

February 22, 2014, Augusta, Georgia
A shooting involving a campus police officer occurred at a Georgia Regents University dormitory complex. A male suspect entered a vehicle and nearly struck an officer, who opened fire. The suspect was taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center with injuries that were not believed to be critical.

March 12, 2014, Miami, Florida
An elementary school teacher was shot and killed outside The Academy of Knowledge Preschool. Police investigators believe the shooting stemmed from an argument the victim had with an unidentified man at a house close to the preschool. The suspect fled the scene and remains at large.

March 25, 2014, College Park, Georgia
An argument between students led to shots being fired in a Benjamin Banneker High School parking lot during the afternoon. Investigators believe multiple people were present when shots were fired, but it was not known how many could face charges for the incident. No one was injured in the shooting.

April 9, 2014, Greenville, North Carolina
Just after the lunch hour, at D. H. Conley High School, a car drove past the school and witnesses said an occupant reached out of a car window and fired shots in the direction of the school. This incident occurred on Worthington and Tull Roads, directly in front of the school. No one was injured.

April 11, 2014, Detroit, Michigan
After a Friday evening student awards ceremony called "Grammy Night", four men who were affiliated with a gang fired into a crowd in the parking lot of East English Village Preparatory Academy; one nineteen-year-old, Darryl Smith, was fatally shot in the head. Smith was not a student at the academy.

April 21, 2014, Griffith, Indiana
A man fatally shot his estranged wife in the parking lot of Saint Mary School and later killed himself at his home after a police officer confronted him.

May 4, 2014 Augusta, Georgia
Two men fired shots inside a dormitory at Paine College on Sunday, injuring one student in the head. Neither of the suspects were students at the college.

May 5, 2014, Augusta, Georgia
An active shooter situation was reported at Paine College on Monday with one person reported to be shot. The suspect was apparently apprehended and in custody. It was the second shooting incident to occur at the college campus in two days.

May 8, 2014, Lawrenceville, Georgia
A person was shot on a student parking lot roof at Georgia Gwinnett College, receiving an injury. The specific cause has not been identified.

May 14, 2014, Richmond, California
A 14-year-old student was injured during a drive-by shooting in front of John F. Kennedy High School at 8:30 am. He was shot as he was running towards the school campus after a fight took place. The student suffered a serious but stable injury to his leg. Police are searching for a suspect.

May 23, 2014, Isla Vista, California 7 13 2014
22-year-old Elliot Rodger went on a stabbing and shooting rampage just outside the main campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara. Some campus buildings were within the route of the shootings. The spree began when Rodger stabbed to death three men in his apartment. Leaving the scene in his car, he drove to a sorority house, where he shot four people outside, fatally wounding two female students. He drove to a nearby deli and shot to death a male student who was inside. He then sped through Isla Vista, shooting at bystanders and striking four people with his car. Rodger exchanged gunfire with police twice during the killing spree. The rampage ended when his car crashed into a parked vehicle and came to a stop. Rodger committed suicide from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

June 5, 2014, Seattle, Washington
Three people were shot inside a hallway in Seattle Pacific University. One student died. The gunman was tackled by a student as he was reloading his shotgun, and arrested at the scene. The suspected shooter is identified as 26-year-old Aaron Ybarra.

June 10, 2014, Troutdale, Oregon
At around 8:30 a.m. shots were fired at Reynolds High School. 14-year-old freshman Emilio Hoffman was killed, a physical education teacher was injured, and the gunman, 15-year-old Jared Padgett, exchanged gunfire with police officers and then committed suicide in a restroom stall.

September 9, 2014, Miami, Florida
Towards the end of the school day, one alternative school student in Miami was shot as a small group of students tussled. The injury was minor, requiring hospitalization, and five young adults were later questioned.

September 27, 2014, Terre Haute, Indiana
A 20-year-old Indiana State University student was shot by another student on Saturday inside a residence hall. The injuries were not fatal, and a full recovery was expected. The shooter was arrested on the following day.

September 30, 2014, Albemarle, North Carolina
Two students got in an argument at Albemarle High School around 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, and one of the students shot the other twice including once in the leg. The student who committed the shooting was allegedly involved in a stabbing of a football player last year at West Montgomery High School, which is only 20 miles (32 km) away in Mount Gilead, North Carolina. The school had held an active shooter training over the summer, which prepared the school for this incident.

September 30, 2014, Louisville, Kentucky
One student was shot and injured at Fern Creek Traditional High School. The incident occurred around 1 p.m., reportedly after student became enraged in a hallway and pulled out a gun. The student was arrested later that day.

October 3, 2014, Fairburn, Georgia
After a homecoming football game, a fatal shooting of Kristofer Hunter, 17, occurred in the Langston Hughes High School parking lot. The assailant, Eric Dana Johnson Jr., 18, turned himself in a week later.

October 24, 2014, Marysville, Washington
At around 10:39 a.m. PST, officials ordered a lock-down of the school due to a "emergency situation." A gunman, later identified as 15-year-old Jaylen Fryberg, who was a student in the school, shot five students, fatally wounding four, in the school cafeteria before committing suicide.

November 20, 2014 ,Tallahassee, Florida
At around 12:39 a.m. EST, a gunman opened fired in or near the Strozier Library at Florida State University. Three people suffered gunshot injuries and were taken to a local area hospital. One was in critical condition, another was in good condition, and the third was shortly released after treatment. The gunman, later identified as Myron May, an alumnus from the school, started firing towards responding police officers and was fatally shot by them on the steps of the library.

November 20, 2014, Miami, Florida
Two teens were shot Thursday during a fight on Miami Carol City High School property. One of the boys who was shot died.

December 5, 2014, Claremore, Oklahoma
38-year-old Thomas Floyd Fees, a former Tulsa police officer, fired two gunshots the campus of Rogers State University before committing suicide. He had previously been arrested the day before for entering a female student's dormitory room with observable intent to commit a sexual assault.

December 12, 2014, Portland, Oregon
Rosemary Anderson High School shooting. A gunman shot three students and a man outside Rosemary Anderson High School in north Portland. A 16-year-old girl was in critical condition, while the others suffered minor injuries. Two men, aged 18 and 22, were arrested in connection with the shooting.

January 15, 2015, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
A 15-year-old boy, a student's father, and a teacher were each injured at a Wisconsin Lutheran High School shooting that occurred Thursday night in the school parking lot at Wisconsin Lutheran High School. The student had unspecified injuries that were treated. The father was shot in the knee and the teacher was grazed in the toe. A 36-year-old man was charged in the shooting.

January 16, 2015, Ocala, Florida
Two were injured in gunfire that occurred after a Friday night basketball game. One was injured directly by a bullet, the other by ricocheting glass.

February 2, 2015, Mankato, MN
A 27-year-old student at Minnesota State University shot and killed himself in Memorial Library. No one else was killed or injured.

February 4, 2015, Frederick, Maryland
Two students were shot near the gymnasium of Frederick High School during a junior varsity (JV) boy's basketball game. Approximately 200 students, staff, and faculty were placed on lockdown for several hours after the shooting while police searched for the suspects. No suspects have been apprehended, although witnesses report seeing four black males dressed all in black who are considered by police to be suspects in this shooting.

February 7, 2015, Columbia, South Carolina
A University of South Carolina professor, Raja Fayad, was shot several times in his upper body and killed by his ex-wife, Sunghee Kwon, in the school's Public Health building. Kwon then committed suicide.

February 23, 2015, Daytona Beach, Florida
Two students argued outside the music building at Bethune-Cookman University when one pulled out a gun. Both had guns and it is not disclosed who did the shooting, injuring three students. A reward was offered to help solve this case.

March 30, 2015, University City, Missouri
Police said one person has been arrested for a shooting at Pershing Elementary School. The shooting occurred in the parking lot, with a 34-year-old-man being shot in the buttocks.

April 13, 2015, Goldsboro, North Carolina
A faculty member was shot and killed with a rifle in the school library of Wayne Community College. The suspected 20-year-old gunman, Kenneth Stancil, was arrested in Florida the next day, and is charged with first-degree murder.

April 16, 2015, Paradis, Louisiana
A police officer was shot outside a school in a school zone while he was directing school buses into J.B. Martin Middle School, and the suspect was apprehended at the scene.[499]
April 24, 2015 Las Vegas, Nevada 0 0 A student at Deskin Elementary School brought an allegedly stolen .45 caliber gun to school and accidentally discharged it as he opened his backpack. A BB gun was also in the student's possession. No one was injured.

April 27, 2015, Lacey, Washington
A 15-year-old student at North Thurston High School walked into the commons area and fired two shots into the ceiling from a .357 magnum pistol. Brady Olson, a teacher at the school, was able to tackle the student before they could turn the gun on other students. No one was injured or killed. The student is facing charges of firing and possessing a gun on school property.

May 5, 2015 Conyers, Georgia
A 14-year-old boy accidentally discharged a gun inside a Conyers Middle School bathroom. The child was arrested and faces charges that include possession of a firearm by a minor.

May 12, 2015, Tempe, Arizona
An 18-year-old student, Marcus Wheeler, shot himself in a Corona del Sol High School breezeway. Counselors were on hand the following day after students had been dismissed on the day of the tragedy.

May 12, 2015, Jacksonville, Florida
Police report that a 16-year-old shot 5 bullets into a school bus and injured 2 students. Apparently, there was an argument that touched on previous events.

May 24, 2015, Flint, Michigan
In the early morning hours of Memorial Day weekend, a group of people were at Southwestern Classical Academy in the parking lot. Shots rang out and 7 were injured, with two men being apprehended and charged.

August 27, 2015, Savannah, Georgia
22-year-old student Christopher Starks was fatally shot in a student union building at Savannah State University. The shooter has not been identified.

September 3, 2015, Sacramento, California
A man was arguing with at least one other person escalated into a physical fight on the parking lot of Sacramento City College. A man opened fire, killing a 25-year-old student and wounding two others. The shooting suspect has not been arrested.

September 14, 2015, Cleveland, Mississippi
Delta State University employee Shannon Lamb fatally shot professor Ethan Schmidt in his office. The school subsequently went on lockdown. Police pursued Lamb several hours later during a car chase. Lamb jumped out of his car, fled, and then fatally shot himself. Lamb had also fatally shot his girlfriend at a house in Gautier prior to the campus shooting.[507][508]
September 30, 2015 Harrisburg, South Dakota 0 1 A principal was shot in the arm and wounded at Harrisburg High School after an argument with a student. The suspect, a 16-year-old student at the school, was taken into custody and is charged with first-degree attempted murder.

October 1, 2015, Roseburg, Oregon
Umpqua Community College shooting: At 10:38 a.m. PDT, a gunman, identified as 26-year-old student Christopher Harper-Mercer, opened fire in a hall on the Umpqua Community College campus, killing eight students and one teacher, and injuring nine others. Mercer then committed suicide after engaging responding police officers in a brief gunfight.

Original post, 6:47 a.m. December 17, 2012: The senseless massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, which took the lives of twenty children, including Olivia Engel, seen here, plus seven adults, instantly stirs terrible memories of the 1999 attack on Columbine High School. On the tenth anniversary of that tragedy, we assembled a horrific roster of school shootings in the decade since Columbine, based on data from the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence. In updating that list below, we discovered that there have been 73 more school shootings since our 2009 post — at least. We add this last caveat because the Brady Campaign document, entitled "Major School Shootings in the United States Since 1997," was assembled this past February — and given the rate of shootings seen in the document, it's likely a dozen more incidents or more have taken place in the nearly ten months since the most recent entry.

As you'll note, these events don't all involve mass casualties. Indeed, some of them don't even result in an injury. But the majority involve injuries or deaths — often multiple ones — and it's extraordinarily disturbing to realize that most of them didn't make national news. The average item was likely treated as a local news item in the towns where they took place — an indication of how inured we've become to the idea of shootings at our nation's schools.

We think the total number of incidents listed here is 179, but we could have lost count. That's how many of them there've been since the Columbine attack. Read about them below.


Chardon, Ohio, February 27, 2012 A seventeen-year old boy fired ten shots at a group of students in the Chardon High School cafeteria as school began Monday, then shot an additional student elsewhere in the cafeteria, then proceeded down a hallway, where he shot one more student. He then fled and was arrested nearby, authorities said. Three boys were killed. Another male victim remains hospitalized, while a female victim has been released to her family, officials said.

Port Orchard, Washington, February 23, 2012 A nine-year-old boy boy accidently shot a fellow third-grader. Authorities say the boy brought a .45-caliber handgun he got from his mother's house to an elementary school in Bremerton on Wednesday, and the weapon discharged from inside his backpack just before classes let out, critically injuring an eight-year-old girl.

Murfreesboro, Tennessee, February 21, 2012 A fourteen-year-old boy was shot twice in the leg on the grounds of Carson Lane Academy. The shooting occurred just after 5 o'clock on a Monday afternoon during an altercation between two groups of kids.

Brownsville, Texas, January 4, 2012 A male eighth grade Cummings Middle School student brandished a weapon today at approximately eight a.m. in the school's main hallway. School administrators immediately contacted the Brownsville Police Department and BISD Police and Security Services. The school initiated standard lock down procedures. Law Enforcement Officers responded to the scene immediately. The student engaged the officers and was shot. He was transported to a local hospital by ambulance. No other students or employees were injured.

Berkeley, CA, November 15, 2011 At 2:17 p.m., the UCPD got a 911 call about a man who reportedly had a gun in a backpack at the Haas School of Business. At 2:19 p.m., three officers arrived at the school and found the suspect in a computer lab on the third floor. The suspect pulled a gun out of his backpack, the police chief said, and displayed it "in a threatening manner." The chancellor said there were four students in the vicinity of the suspect and the officers, and that "it appeared students' lives might be at risk." After the officers told the man "numerous times" to drop his weapon, one of the three officers fired at the suspect, Celaya said. No one else was injured in the incident.

Fayetteville, NC, October 25, 2011 Two teenagers were in custody in the shooting of a 15-year-old fellow student who was wounded in the neck during a lunch period outside her North Carolina high school, and a sheriff said Monday the pair will be charged. Abercrombie was in stable condition after surgery at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, according to Butler, who said she was standing in a breezeway outside the school cafeteria when she was shot.

Baltimore, MD, October 14, 2011 A man was shot several times in the back in the parking garage on the University of Maryland at Baltimore. The shooting happened at 6 p.m., and the gunman fled. The man shot was taken to the nearest hospital in critical condition. The school enacted its "shelter in place" emergency protocol, and by 7:30 people were allowed to move about the buildings freely and cars were allowed to leave the parking lot.

Harper Woods, Michigan, August 26, 2011 A fifteen-year-old girl was wounded when shots were fired at the conclusion of a football game at Chandler Park Academy in Harper Woods. When police arrived, witnesses said at least two people had been shot, but none of the victims remained at the scene. Detroit police contacted Harper Woods authorities to report a fifteen-year-old girl, who was shot in the stomach in the academy's parking lot after the game, was taken or walked to a nearby house in Detroit. An ambulance was called and transported the teenager to Children's Hospital in Detroit.

Mandeville, Louisiana, August 8, 2011 Three fifteen-year-old New Orleans-area boys were arrested for allegedly plotting to shoot at least one student at Lakeshore High School and to kill law enforcement officials who responded to the scene. Authorities said the boys named their group "Day Zero." They had reportedly planned to acquire several guns and bring them to the school. Police collected information from computers in the boys' homes after other students told a school administrator about the alleged plot.

Pearl City, HI, May 23, 2011 A student was injured when a .45 caliber Glock semi-automatic pistol accidentally went off inside a middle school. The gun was unintentionally fired by another student who had brought the gun in to school to show off to friends. The bullet was shot through one student's jacket and ricocheted off a wall before inflicting nonlethal injuries on the victim.

Cleveland, OH, May 23, 2011 A robbery attempt turned violent when a sixteen-year-old Benedictine High School student, Sophomore Jackrell Russell, was shot in the chest by a robber. The teenager was approached by the suspect who demanded the boy's cell phone and school-issued laptop. Jackrell was able to flag down a passing RTA bus where a passenger called 9-1-1. He was taken to a hospital and stabilized.

Houston, TX, April 19, 2011 Officials say three students were injured after a 6-year-old brought a loaded gun to his Houston elementary school that accidentally discharged when it fell out of the child's pocket. None of the injuries appeared life-threatening.

Los Angeles, CA, April 15, 2011 A teenager was in custody today for allegedly shooting a fifteen-year-old boy who was shot as he walked to Los Angeles High School. A teenage suspect was later arrested and taken to a juvenile lockup. Investigators say the shooter and the victim, both boys, knew one another. The wounded boy suffered a bullet wound to the buttocks. A motive for the shooting was not disclosed.

Apopka, Florida, April 13, 2011 One person suffered a non-life-threatening injury after a shooting outside Sheeler Charter High in Apopka. The victim and two others, including one student, were taken into custody. The victim was shot in the abdomen. Investigators believe the suspects, who do not attend the school, came to the school to confront a student.

Nashville, TN, April 12, 2011 A seventeen-year-old girl was shot and injured when shots were fired into her school bus. Two brothers, eighteen and nineteen years old, were charged in the shooting outside Pearl Cohn High School. Police say the suspects' intended target was standing outside the bus at the time of the shooting.

Opelika, AL, April 6, 2011 A 63-year-old woman was killed and three other people were wounded by a gunman who opened fire outside the Higginbotham Academic Center at Union State Community College. Investigators arrested a 34-year-old man who admitted to the shooting which is believed to be domestic related. A 36-year-old woman who was a student at the college was hurt along with a 94-year-old woman and a four-year-old child who was injured by shattered glass. The shooting took place while students were changing classes.

Houston, Texas, March 31, 2011 One person was killed and five others were injured during a shooting — believed to be gang-related — just before 7 p.m. at Worthing High School during a powder puff football game. Eyewitnesses said a car, which police believe carried gang members, drove onto the athletic field and started shooting. Six people were shot, one of whom was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. The identity of the victim has not been released. The suspects fled the scene but police managed to track down a gold Ford Taurus with blood stains on its doors about five miles from the Texan high school. At least one person was taken into custody.

Martinsville, Indiana, March 25, 2011 A shooting suspect was apprehended and police searched for a gun hours after a shooting at a middle school in which a student was injured. The shooting took place at Martinsville West Middle School. The victim was shot twice in the stomach. The shooting involved a student who was recently either expelled or suspended from school, authorities said.

Los Angeles, California, February 23, 2011 A student was arrested for shooting and killing his instructor at the Coast Career Institute vocational school. The shooting took place inside a school classroom right in front of the class. The 22-year-old gunman was training to become a security guard. He fired at least 10-rounds from a semiautomatic handgun at point-blank range then went outside and waited until police arrived.

Murfreesboro, Tennessee, February 14, 2011 A fight led to a shooting at Middle Tennessee State University. The shooting suspect, a twenty-year-old MTSU junior, was arrested. The twenty-year-old victim, a former MTSU student, was shot in the hand when the bullet ricocheted off the ground and hit his thumb. The campus was put on alert for nearly 45-minutes until the gunman was apprehended.

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Youngstown, Ohio, February 6, 2011 One person was killed and eleven were injured in a shooting at an after-hours party near the Youngstown State University campus. The deceased was a university student. Six of the injured were also students at the university. Two suspects were arrested.

Placerville, California, February 2, 2011 A disagreement between a custodian and an elementary school principal over the hiring of a nighttime janitor led to the principal's fatal shooting. The shooter was told to leave Louisiana Schnell Elementary School earlier in the day but later came back to the school, went to the principal's office, and fired two rounds killing the principal. No children were hurt.

Los Angeles, California, January 18, 2011 A fifteen-year-old girl and a fifteen-year-old boy were hurt when a 9-mm Beretta inside a fellow student's backpack went off at Gardena High School. Both victims were hit by the same bullet. The bullet hit one victim in the head and the other in the neck and shoulder. The seventeen-year-old suspect was already on probation for a misdemeanor battery charge.

Omaha, Nebraska, January 5, 2011 A seventeen-year-old student shot the principal and assistant principal at Millard South High School before fleeing the school and shooting and killing himself. The assistant principal later died of her injuries. The gun used by the teen was a Glock .40 believed to be the service weapon of his father, an Omaha police officer.

Panama City, Florida, December 14, 2010 Ex-convict Clay Duke held a Florida school board a gunpoint firing several shots before shooting himself. No one else was hurt. The entire incident was caught on video.

Aurora, Colorado, December 6, 2010 A seventeen-year-old female student was shot in the torso outside Aurora Central High School as she talked with classmates. Witnesses say two shots were fired into the crowd of students. No one else was hurt. The shooting prompted a lockdown at the high school, five elementary schools and a middle school. A nineteen-year-old boy was arrested in connection with what police said may have been a gang-related shooting.

Garden City, South Carolina, December 4, 2010 A person leaving basketball practice at Groves High School was hit by a bullet when someone fired multiple shots at two cars. The victim was treated and released from a local hospital. The victim, who had been watching basketball practice, was not a student at the school.

Chicago, Illinois, November 29, 2010 A seventeen-year-old Thornridge High School student was shot and injured during an armed robbery outside the school in south suburban Dolton. The shooting occurred after school hours. Police arrested a fourteen and a fifteen-year old in connection to the crimes. The pair fled after the shooting but authorities apprehended them a short time later.

Marinette, Wisconsin, November 28, 2010 A fifteen-year-old student shot a film projector and held 23 classmates and a teacher hostage for about five hours at Marinette High School. The shooter had two pistols, knives and more than 200 rounds of ammunition. He fatally shot himself when police broke down the classroom door.

Fairfield, California, October 11, 2010 A 29-year-old man was shot to death in the parking lot of Armijo High School. Two people, including a nineteen-year-old, were arrested. Police said the shooting was not connected to the high school campus. Investigators believe the fight was arranged by gangs intent on settling a feud.

Selma, Alabama, October 25, 2010 Shots were fired into a classroom at Payne Elementary School from outside after school was over for the day. A teacher was in the classroom but was unharmed. Nobody was injured.

Carlsbad, California, October 8, 2010 A man jumped the fence at Kelly Elementary School and opened fire on children playing outside at lunchtime. When his gun jammed, nearby construction workers tackled him. Two girls, ages six and seven, were injured. Neighbors report the shooter often screamed obscenities and racial epithets, and that the police had been called repeatedly.

Elizabeth City, North Carolina, October 3, 2010 A student fatally shot another student in the victim's dorm room at Mid-Atlantic University on Sunday afternoon. The University said the shooting stemmed from a conflict between the two individuals.

Austin, Texas, September 28, 2010 A nineteen-year-old student fatally shot himself in the main library at the University of Texas with an AK-47 assault rifle. He ran through parts of the campus and fired several shots into the air before entering the library and killing himself.

Columbia, South Carolina, September 21, 2010 A student confronted and shot at a resource officer at Socastee High School. The officer sustained minor injuries as the bullet hit the officer after ricochet off a wall. The student, working with another student, had also planted pipe bombs around the school. The bombs were removed and disarmed by police without injury.

Moss Bluff, Louisiana, September 16, 2010 A student fatally shot himself at St. Theodore/Holy Family School at the start of the school day.

Las Cruces, New Mexico, September 7, 2010 A seventeen-year-old fired a handgun during a fight between several teenagers during a volleyball game at Las Cruces High School.

Detroit, Michigan, September 7, 2010 A fourteen-year-old girl and a sixteen-year-old boy were shot outside Mumford High School on their first day of the school. A fight had began inside the school but spilled outside.

Omaha, Nebraska, August 18, 2010 A fifteen-year-old fired a gun on a school bus on the way home from Burke High School. Nobody was injured. Officials were unaware of the incident until it was reported by a parent the next day. A sixteen-year-old was found with a gun at the same school the next day.

South Gate, California, May 18, 2010 A seventeen-year-old shot a fifteen-year-old student in the abdomen at South Gate High School. The shooter attended a neighboring high school.

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Portsmouth, Virginia, April 29, 2010 A student entered Wilson High School through a back door and fired several shots inside the school. Nobody was injured.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, March 23, 2010 Four middle school students were arrested for bringing a gun onto school grounds and firing it near a practice field. No one was injured during the incident.

Columbus, Ohio, March 9, 2010 A disgruntled Ohio State University maintenance employee, who had recently been fired from his job, opened fire in a campus facilities building, killing a maintenance manager and wounding another co-worker before he turned the gun on himself. The shooter had been in prison previously.

Littleton, Colorado, February 23, 2010 A 32-year-old man shot at students as they left Deer Creek Middle School at the end of the day. Two students were injured before a math teacher tackled the shooter. The shooter used his father's rifle in the attack.

DeKalb, Illinois, February 19, 2010 One student was injured and another placed into police custody after a shooting on the campus of Northern Illinois University. The shooting was caused by an altercation between the shooter and victim.

Huntsville, Alabama, February 12, 2010 A professor opened fire fifty minutes into at a Biological Sciences Department faculty meeting at the University of Alabama, killing three colleagues and wounding three others. The shooter had a history of violence: she shot and killed her brother in 1986, was possibly involved in an attempted mail bombing, and was convicted of disorderly conduct, and assault and battery in an incident in 2002. The gun used in shooting was bought from the shooter's husband in 1989 by a friend in New Hampshire to avoid a waiting period in Massachusetts.

Knoxville, Tennessee, February 10, 2010 A teacher shot and wounded the principal and assistant principal in their offices at Inskip Elementary School, where all three worked.

Madison, Alabama, February 5, 2010 A fourteen-year-old student was shot and killed between classes at Discovery Middle School. The suspect in police custody is a fellow ninth grade student.

Livingston, Alabama, January 20, 2010 A high school teacher was shot multiple times outside her school in what police believe was a domestic incident. The suspect was caught thirty miles from the scene after causing a traffic accident.

Phoenix, Arizona, January 7, 2010 A sixteen-year-old former student shot three students outside Esperanza Charter School. The shooter argued with two nineteen year olds and then shot them. A ten-year-old boy was also grazed with a bullet. Police believe the shooting was gang related.

Shreveport, Louisiana, December 11, 2009 A 28-year-old man shot an eighteen-year-old female student multiple times outside of Shreveport High School. The shooter waited at the school for her to arrive in the morning and is believed to have been involved with the teenager. The victim is expected to survive.

Woodbridge, Virginia, December 8, 2009 A twenty-year-old student fired twice at his math professor during class at Northern Virginia Community College. The shooter then put his gun down, left the classroom and was arrested without incident. Nobody was injured.

Brockton, Massachusetts, December 2, 2009 A seventeen-year-old former student was shot in both legs late in the afternoon at Brockton High School. He was shot near the gymnasium where approximately 100 students were participating in basketball tryouts.

Boston, Massachusetts, November 17, 2009 A 22-year-old man was shot while playing basketball in the evening at an elementary school. Police believe the shooting was gang-related.

Dallas, Texas, November 16, 2009 A Dallas schools maintenance man visiting Umphrey Lee Elementary School accidentally shot himself in the leg while talking with a custodian. No children were nearby when the shooting occurred.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 6, 2009 A fifteen-year-old shot a seventeen-year-old fellow student in the head on the school bus to CEP Miller School before fleeing. He was later arrested and found in possession of a handgun. Police believe the shooter was retaliating for being bullied by the victim.

Pineville, Louisiana, November 1, 2009 A nineteen year old fatally shot himself in the head with an SKS assault rifle. He was at a party with a group of people who were "playing" with the gun at 3 a.m.

Memphis, Tennessee, October 24, 2009 Four teenagers shot an AK-47 assault rifle in a wooded area behind Craigmont High School while school was in session. Two of the suspects, who were not students at the school, were parked outside the school in the fire lane, and apprehended by police with the weapon and a thirty-round magazine.

Long Beach, California, October 20, 2009 A sixteen-year-old female student was shot and killed, and two non-students, ages eighteen and twenty, were injured when someone opened fire as hundreds of people were leaving a Friday night football game at Woodrow Wilson High School. There was a school dance, with approximately 200 students, also happening at the school at the time of the shooting.

Southold, New York, October 8, 2009 A 28-year-old man fired a bullet that went through a window of Mattituck High School and grazed the head of an eighteen-year-old student sitting in class. The bullet was possibly fired from his home that is located near the school.

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Henrico, Virginia, September 16, 2009 A sixteen-year-old student with a handgun fired multiple shots in the parking lot of Virginia Randolph Community High School while school was in session. The gunman fled on foot, but was arrested without incident by police a short while later. Nobody was injured. Grand Rapids, Michigan, September 14, 2009 A sixteen-year-old student fired a shot into air in the parking lot of Creston High School. Nobody was injured. The next day another student was caught with a sawed off shotgun in his pants leg at the same school.

Stamford, Connecticut, September 8, 2009 A sixteen year old shot at a fellow student outside of Stamford Academy, a charter high school. Police believe the shooter and target had a previous dispute.

Atlanta, Georgia, September 3, 2009 Someone fired a gun multiple times during a fight on the campus of Clark Atlanta University, fatally injuring a nineteen-year-old student walking in the area with friends. The victim went to neighboring Spellman College.

San Bruno, California, September 2, 2009 One person got shot during a fight in a parking lot at Skyline College.

Houston, Texas, July 10, 2009 Six people were shot, including one student, in a drive by shooting at a community rally on the campus of Texas Southern University. Police believe the shooting to be gang related.

Parkersburg, Iowa, June 24, 2009 A 24-year-old man shot and killed his former high school football coach in the weight room of Aplington-Parkersburg High School. Several students were in the weight room at the time of the shooting, but no one else was injured. The shooter was arrested at a nearby home.

Lexington, Kentucky, June 9, 2009 A school employee shot and killed another employee at Leestown Middle School. School had ended for the year and no students from the school's summer programs were present during the shooting. The victim and shooter had clashed in the past.

Cambridge, Massachusetts, May 18, 2009 A 21-year-old man died after being shot at a Harvard University dormitory during an attempted drug robbery. Two men have been arrested in connection with the shooting. Neither the victim nor the assailants were students at Harvard.

Larose, Louisiana, May 18, 2009 A fifteen year old fired a shot at a teacher before fleeing to a bathroom and shooting himself in the head at Larose-Cut Off Middle School. The teacher was not hit. The boy died several days later.

West Covina, California, May 4, 2009 Two teenagers, ages fifteen and sixteen, were charged with conspiracy to commit murder after plotting to shoot their classmates during a school assembly at Covina High School. Police found two loaded handguns at the home of the fifteen year old, and believe the teens stole them from the sixteen year old's stepfather. The police began investigating when the stepfather reported his handguns missing over a month ago.

Sheboygan, Wisconsin, May 1, 2009 A troubled seventeen year old shot himself in the stomach in the parking lot of Sheboygan North High School.

Hampton, Virginia, April 26, 2009 An eighteen-year-old former student followed a pizza deliveryman into his old dormitory, and shot the deliveryman, a dorm monitor, and himself at Hampton University. No students were injured and all of those who were hurt are expected to survive.

Dearborn, Michigan. April 10, 2009. A man shot and killed a female classmate and then himself at MacKenzie Fine Arts Center on the campus of Henry Ford Community College.

Dove Creek, Colorado. April 9, 2009. Two teens who were arrested in New Mexico for burglary had planned a shooting spree at Dove Creek High School in Colorado. The teens also planned to shoot the school's principal and the superintendent, as well as the County Sheriff and Undersheriff. Police found three guns in the teenagers' possession and seven more guns at the younger boy's home.

Jacksonville, Florida. March 10, 2009. At least one shot was fired during a fight that erupted among several students at Ribault High School before classes began. Nobody was injured, but two guns were recovered.

Detroit, Michigan. February 17, 2009. A former student snuck into Central High School and was shot by another non-student at the end of the school day.

Wake County, North Carolina. February 12, 2009. A boy pulled a pistol out of his backpack and accidentally shot a 14 year old classmate in the leg while the two were on the bus to Zebulon Middle School.

El Monte, California. February 11, 2009. A third grader accidentally fired a gun while showing it to friends on the playground of Baker Elementary School. Nobody was injured, but there were approximately 100 other kids on the playground at the time of the shooting. The boy says he took the gun from his grandmother.

Clayton, North Carolina. January 27, 2009. Two teenagers were arrested for firing a gun in the parking lot of Clayton High School. A bullet struck the outside wall of the gymnasium, where a basketball game was in progress.

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Chicago, Illinois. January 9, 2009. A gunman began shooting indiscriminately from a car into a crowd of people that were leaving a basketball game at Paul Laurence Dunbar Vocational Career Academy. Five people were injured. New Castle, Delaware. January 8, 2009. One person was shot and injured outside of William Penn High School after a basketball game.

North Manheim, Pennsylvania. December 18, 2009. A 17-year old was arrested for plotting to shoot students at Blue Mountain High School. Police found multiple weapons and paramilitary gear at his home.

Montco, Pennsylvania. December 4, 2008. A 15-year old was institutionalized after stealing three guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition from his father, and plotting to shoot other students and himself at Pottstown High School. Police began investigating when the father reported the guns stolen. The boy later admitted to the shooting plot and pled guilty to attempted first degree murder.

Savannah, Georgia. November 21, 2008. A 19 year old student shot a fellow student twice after the two argued at Savannah State University. All staff and students were notified and buildings on campus were locked down until the shooter was arrested.

St. George, Utah. November 15, 2008. A 15-year old student died from injuries after the gun he was holding discharged at Desert Hills High School. The gun was a prop for the school play and was loaded with blanks.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida. November 12, 2008. A 15 year old female student shot and killed a 15-year-old classmate in a hallway at Dillard High School. The two girls had been friends for years, but had issues recently. The shooter may have gotten the gun from her grandfather, her guardian, who had a concealed carry permit.

Big Bear, California. October 29, 2008. Five teenage boys were arrested for plotting to shoot students, teachers, and staff at Big Bear High School. Other students overheard their plans and alerted authorities.

Conway, Arkansas. October 26, 2008. Several men in a car drove up to a dormitory at the University of Central Arkansas and opened fire, killing two students and injuring a third person. The police believe the victims were targeted.

San Antonio, Texas. October 13, 2008. A librarian shot and killed a fellow librarian at Northeast Lakeview Community College library, where the two men worked.

Willoughby, Ohio. September 2, 2008. A 15 year old student fired two shots in a hallway at Willoughby South High School. It is believed the boy planned to kill himself in front of his girlfriend.

Portland, Oregon. August 29, 2008. An unidentified shooter fired five or six shots into a crowd leaving a football game at Madison High School. Shortly before the shooting, police arrested a 14-year old carrying a gun in a separate incident nearby.

Opelousas, Louisiana. August 26, 2008. Three students were arrested after shots were fired at the T.H. Harris campus of Louisiana Technical College. No one was injured.

Knoxville, Tennessee. August 21, 2008. A 15-year old fatally shot a fellow 15-year old classmate in the cafeteria at Central High School.

Phoenix, Arizona. July 24, 2008. A former student shot three people in a computer lab at South Mountain Community College. The gunman had a longstanding disagreement with one of the victims.

Boca Raton, Florida. April 30, 2008. One person was injured at Florida Atlantic University when a man pulled a gun and fired twice during a fight at a party. The University was locked down until the shooter was arrested.

Washington, DC. April 29, 2008. A student shot two people at Excel Institute, a vocational school, and then stole two cars as fled from the police.

Omaha, Nebraska. April 24, 2008. An eighth grader was shot in the face during a soccer game at King Science and Technology Magnet Middle School.

Hayward, California. March 31, 2008. A 17-year old boy was shot in the leg at Royal Sunset Continuation School. Three other students are believed to have been involved in the shooting.

Chicago, Illinois. March 29, 2008. An 18-year old died after being shot by a 17-year-old and a 19-year-old outside Simeon Career Academy shortly after Saturday classes let out. There had been a several fights leading up to the shooting.

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Chicago, Illinois. March 7, 2008. A 15-year old fatally shot an 18-year-old student outside Crane High School. Mobile, Alabama. March 6, 2008. A student shot and killed himself in front of 150 other students in the gym of Davidson High School.

Miami Gardens, Florida. February 28, 2008. A bullet grazed the ear of a 17-year old student as he was leaving band practice at Miami Norland Senior High School.

Little Rock, Arkansas. February 27, 2008. A student was shot on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Jonesboro, Arkansas. February 23, 2008. A student was injured when a bullet ricocheted off a building and hit him in the leg on the campus of Arkansas State University. The shooter has not been identified.

DeKalb, Illinois. February 14, 2008. A man entered a lecture hall at Northern Illinois University and began shooting. He killed five students and wounded 16 before killing himself.

Oxnard, California. February 12, 2008. A 14-year old fatally shot another student in the head while in class at E.O. Green Junior High School. The victim had been bullied at school since declaring that he was gay several weeks earlier.

Memphis, Tennessee. February 11, 2008. A 17-year old shot another student multiple times before handing the gun over to the teacher during gym class at Mitchell High School. The two students had argued over the weekend. There were about 75 students in the room during the shooting.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana. February 8, 2008. A female student killed herself and two others in a classroom at Louisiana Tech.

Memphis, Tennessee. February 4, 2008. A 16-year old student shot another 16-year-old in the leg while in class at Hamilton High School. The injury is not critical.

Washington, DC. January 22, 2008. Four Ballou High School students were shot as they were leaving school at the end of the day. All students are expected to recover.

Las Vegas, Nevada. January 18, 2008. A 16-year old shot at another student outside a basketball game at Cheyenne High School. Nobody was injured in the incident.

Cleveland, Ohio. January 16, 2008. A 16-year old boy pulled a gun from his locker and aimed it into a crowd of students when a fight erupted at South High School.

Charlotte, North Carolina. January 16, 2008. A student at Crossroads Charter High School was shot in the parking lot after an early-scheduled dismissal.

Putnam City, Oklahoma. January 15, 2008. A 17-year old was shot three times in a Putnam City High School parking lot after a basketball game.

Asheville, North Carolina. January 10, 2007. A 16-year old with a handgun shot at a fellow student at Asheville High School. Nobody was injured in the incident.

Gibsonton, Florida. December 17, 2007. Three East Bay High School students shot two other students as they were walking home from their bus stop. The two groups of students had clashed previously.

Las Vegas, Nevada. December 11, 2007. Two assailants using 9-millimeter and .45-caliber guns shot six people as they exited a Mojave High School bus. The attack followed a fight at school earlier in the day.

Oakland, California. December 11, 2007. Three teens were shot after a basketball game at McClymonds High School in a drive-by shooting.

Lagrangeville, New York. November 29, 2007. Three Hudson Valley High School students were arrested for planning a Columbine-type attack and making threats online.

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Holland Patent, New York. November 26, 2007. Two Holland Patent High School students shot a gun while on their school bus. Nobody was injured. Beaufort, South Carolina. November 20, 2007. An 18 year old shot a 17-year old student in the Battery Creek High School parking lot after a basketball scrimmage.

Saginaw, Michigan. October 25, 2007. Two Arthur Hill High School students and two adults were shot by another student as they left a middle school football game.

Portland, Oregon. October 12, 2007. Two teens from Jefferson High School were shot when a gunman fired into a crowd of students that had gathered after the end of their Homecoming Dance.

Cleveland, Ohio. October 10, 2007. A 14-year old student shot two teachers and two students at SuccessTech Academy before killing himself. He had been suspended for fighting earlier in the week and had threatened to harm other students and blow up the school previously.

Norristown, Pennsylvania. October 10, 2007. A 14-year old is arrested for stockpiling weapons and plotting a Columbine-style attack. Police found over 30 weapons in his possession.

Memphis, Tennessee. September 30, 2007. A 21-year old University of Memphis student was shot and killed on campus.

Oroville, California. September 28, 2007. A 17-year old armed with a .22-caliber handgun takes over two dozen students hostage at Las Plumas High School, holding three of them for an hour before police convince him to surrender.

Dover, Delaware. September 21, 2007. A freshman at Delaware State University shot and wounded two other students at a campus dining hall. The shooter, who had earlier been in a fight with one of the victims, has been charged with attempted murder.

Newark, New Jersey. August 4, 2007. Three Delaware State University students were shot and killed execution style by a 28 year old and two 15 year old boys. The three friends were forced to kneel against a wall behind an elementary school and were shot in the head. A fourth student was found about 30 feet away with gunshot and knife wounds to her head.

Dallas, Texas. June 29, 2007. A 17-year old former high school football player shot and injured two other high school students in the school parking lot.

Huntersville, North Carolina. April 18, 2007. A 16-year old male high school student made threatened two high school students with a gun in their school's parking lot and then turned the gun on himself, committing suicide, when police subsequently approached him in a nearby gas station.

Blacksburg, Virginia. April 16, 2007. A student killed 32 students and faculty, and wounded 15 more at Virginia Tech. He was armed with a Glock model 19 handgun and a Walther P22 handgun. It is the worst single act of gun violence in American history.

Gresham, Oregon. April 10, 2007. Ten high school students were injured when gunshots from a rifle shattered a classroom window. A student who attended the school was later arrested and the rifle was found in a nearby field.

Greensboro, North Carolina. March 24, 2007. A freshman was seriously wounded after being shot in the lower back with a .25 automatic pistol while in his dorm room at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. A 19 year old arrested and charged with the shooting.

Midland, Michigan. March 7, 2007. A gunman shot and wounded his teenage ex-girlfriend in a high school parking lot in Midland, Mich., before fatally shooting himself.

Los Angeles, California. January 26, 2007. An 18-year old male was shot in the three times and died while playing basketball in a middle school gym. Police were seeking three suspects who fled after the shooting.

Tacoma, Washington. January 3, 2007. An 18-year old student shot a fellow student in the hallway of Henry Foss High School before 1st period classes began.

Springfield Township, Pennsylvania. December 12, 2006. A 16-year old male high school shot and killed himself with an AK-47 in the hallway of his high school. The student, reportedly despondent over his grades, had the gun concealed in a camouflage duffle bag and fired one round in the ceiling to warn other students to get out of the way before committing suicide.

Clinton, South Carolina. November 9, 2006. A North Carolina man, suspected of assaulting his wife, committed suicide after wounding a police officer on the campus of Presbyterian College.

Joplin, Missouri. October 9, 2006. A 13-year old boy, obsessed with the Columbine school shootings, brought a MAC-90 semiautomatic assault rifle (a replica of an AK-47) to school, pointing it at students and firing it into the ceiling until the gun jammed.

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Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania. October 2, 2006. A dairy truck driver walked into a oneroom Amish schoolhouse with a shotgun, a semi-automatic handgun, and 600 rounds of ammunition, selected all the female students, and shot them execution-style, killing five and seriously wounding six. The man then shot himself, apparently having left suicide notes beforehand.

Cazenovia, Wisconsin. September 29, 2006. A student walked into a rural school with a handgun and a shotgun and shot the principal several times, killing him.

Bailey, Colorado. September 27, 2006. A lone gunman enters a high school and holds six female students hostage, sexually assaults them, kills one of them, and then kills himself after a four-hour standoff.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. September 17, 2006. Five Duquesne University basketball players are wounded, one critically, after a shooting on campus following a dance, the first such incident in the 128-year history of the University.71

Green Bay, Wisconsin. September 14, 2006. Two boys, teased at school and obsessed with the mass killings at Columbine, are arrested for amassing an arsenal of guns and bombs and for planning an attack on East High School.

Montreal, Quebec, Canada. September 13, 2006. An individual massacres 14 women at the Ecole Polytechnique of the University of Montreal, "apparently because he felt that women were taking too many seats at the university."

Hillsborough, North Carolina. August 30, 2006. After shooting his father to death, a student opens fire at his high school, injuring two students. Deputies found guns, ammunition, and homemade pipe bombs in the student's car. The student had e-mailed Columbine High's Principal, telling him that it was "time the world remembered" the shootings at Columbine.

Essex, Vermont. August 24, 2006. A gunman shoots five people, killing two of them, in a rampage through two houses and an elementary school, before wounding himself.

Red Lake Indian Reservation, Minnesota. March 21, 2005. At the time, the worst school-related shooting incident since the Columbine shootings in April of 1999. Ten killed and seven injured in rampage by high school student.

Bellflower, California. March 16, 2005. Another Columbine was averted when two juveniles were arrested for plotting to shoot up their high school.

Cumberland City, Tennessee. March 2, 2005. School bus driver shot and killed while driving a school bus carrying 24 students - from kindergarten through 12th grade — by a 14-year old student who had been reported to administrators by the driver for chewing tobacco on the bus.

Nine Mile Falls, Washington. December 10, 2004. A 16-year old high school junior committed suicide with a .38-caliber handgun at his high school's entryway around 1:20 p.m.

Joyce, Washington. March 17, 2004. A 13-year old student shot and killed himself in a school classroom where about 20 other students were present. The boy reportedly brought a .22-caliber rifle hidden in a guitar case and pulled it out during the 10 a.m. class.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. February 11, 2004: A 10-year old student was shot in the face and died outside a Philadelphia elementary school. A 56 year old female school crossing guard was also shot in the foot as she tried to scurry children across the street as bullets were flying and children were on the playground.

Washington, D.C. February 2, 2004. A 17-year old male high school student died after being shot several times and another student was injured after shots were fired near the school's cafeteria.

Henderson, Nevada. January 21, 2004. Gunman shoots and kills a hostage in his car on school campus. The gunman was allegedly looking for his ex-girlfriend as he searched the school full of children in an after-school program.

Sugar Land, Texas. November 8, 2003. A 17-year old female high school student was shot and killed as a fight broke out at the side of a stadium at a high school football game.

Cold Spring, Minnesota. September 24, 2003. Two students are shot and killed by a 15-year old at Rocori High School.

Hopkinsville, Kentucky. September 16, 2003. A 16-year old girl fatally shot another teen and then killed herself as the two sat in a car parked at a shopping center across from their school.

Fort Worth, Texas. September 10, 2003. A 16-year old boy fatally shot a classmate, then dumped his body in a nearby construction site.

San Diego, California. September 5, 2003. A 14-year old boy jogging with his high school cross-country team is shot and killed in an ambush by his father, who then killed himself after a standoff with police.

Continue to read about more school shootings between Columbine and Newtown, Connecticut.

Red Lion, Pennsylvania. April 24, 2003. Principal of Red Lion Area Junior High is fatally shot in the chest by a 14-year old student, who then committed suicide, as students gather in the cafeteria for breakfast. New Orleans, Louisiana. April 14, 2003. One 15-year old was killed and three students wounded at John McDonough High School by gunfire from four teenagers in a gang-related shooting.

Tucson, Arizona, October 29, 2002. A student shot and killed three professors, and then himself, in a rampage at the University of Arizona School of Nursing, where he was a failing. Reportedly, he had told classmates about a year before that he had obtained a CCW permit.

October 7, 2002. Bowie, Maryland. A 13-year old by was shot and critically wounded by the DC-area sniper outside Benjamin Tasker Middle School.

New York, New York. January 15, 2002. Two students at Martin Luther King Junior High School in Manhattan were seriously wounded when an 18 year old opened fire in the school.

Caro, Michigan. November 12, 2001. A 17-year old student took two hostages and the Caro Learning Center with a .22-caliber rifle and a 20-gauge shotgun, before killing himself.

Ennis, Texas. May 15, 2001. A 16-year old sophomore upset over his relationship with a girl, took 17 hostages in English class, and shot and killed himself and the girl.

Gary, Indiana. March 30, 2001. A 17 year old expelled from Lew Wallace High School kills classmate.

Granite Hills, California. March 22, 2001. One teacher and three students wounded by a student at Granite Hills School.

Willamsport, Pennsylvania. March 7, 2001. Classmate wounded by a 14-year old girl, in the cafeteria of Bishop Neuman High School.

Santee, California. March 5, 2001. A 15-year old student killed two fellow students and wounded 13 others, while firing from a bathroom at Santana High School in San Diego County.

Baltimore, Maryland. January 17, 2001. A 17-year old student shot and killed in front of Lake Clifton-Eastern High School.

New Orleans, Louisiana. September 26, 2000. Two students wounded in a gunfight at Woodson Middle School.

Lake Worth, Florida. May 26, 2000. A 13-year old honor student killed his English teacher on the last day of classes after the teacher refused to let him talk to two girls in his classroom.

Prairie Grove, Arkansas. May 11, 2000. Seventh grade student injures police officer in a hay field north of the student's school after leaving campus in an apparent fit of rage.

Savannah, Georgia. March 10, 2000. Two students killed by a 19-year old while leaving a dance sponsored by Beach High School.

Mount Morris Township, Michigan. February 29, 2000. A 6-year old boy shot and killed a 6-year old girl at Buell Elementary School with a .32 caliber handgun.

Fort Gibson, Oklahoma. December 6, 1999. A 13-year old student, armed with a handgun, opened fire outside Fort Gibson Middle school, wounding four classmates.

Deming, New Mexico. November 19, 1999. A 12-year old boy came to school dressed in camouflage and shoots 13-year old girl with a .22 caliber as students were returning from lunch.

Conyers, Georgia. May 20, 1999. A 15-year old sophomore opens fire with a rifle and a handgun on Heritage High School students arriving for classes, injuring six.

Littleton, Colorado. April 20, 1999. Students Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, killed 15 students and a teacher and wounded 23 with two sawed-off shotguns and a TEC-DC9 before killing themselves at Columbine High School.

More from our Colorado Crimes archive: "The Columbine effect: A horrific roster of school shootings since 1999."

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