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The worst mass shootings in the past decade

Ray Rivera, a DJ at Pulse Orlando nightclub, is consoled by a friend, outside of the Orlando Police Department after a shooting involving multiple fatalities at the nightclub, Sunday, June 12, 2016.
Ray Rivera, a DJ at Pulse Orlando nightclub, is consoled by a friend, outside of the Orlando Police Department after a shooting involving multiple fatalities at the nightclub, Sunday, June 12, 2016. AP

Just before 2 a.m. Sunday, a gunman opened fire and took scores of people hostage inside Orlando’s Pulse nightclub. Fifty people were killed and 53 were taken to local hospitals with injuries. The gunman, identified as 29-year-old Omar Mateen of Port St. Lucie, was killed in a shootout with Orlando police.

It is now considered the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

Here’s a look at the country’s worst mass shootings of the decade:

▪ Dec. 2, 2015: Married couple Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malk killed 14 people and wounded 21 others after opening fire at a holiday party in San Bernardino, California. They died in a shootout with police after they ran from the scene.

▪  May 23, 2014: Elliot Rodger, a 22-year-old community college student, killed six people and wounded 13 others in shooting and stabbing attacks near the University of California, Santa Barbara, campus. Police said he shot himself to death after a gun battle with police.

▪  Sept. 16, 2013: Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old civilian contractor, killed 12 people inside the Washington Navy Yard. He was killed in a police shootout.

▪  Dec. 14, 2012: Adam Lanza, 20, killed 27 people, including 20 children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut. He was shot to death.

▪  July 20, 2012: James Holmes, 24, killed 12 people and wounded 70 others inside an Aurora, Colorado, theater during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises. He was arrested and charged with multiple counts of murder, convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

▪  Nov. 5, 2009: Maj. Nidal Malk Hasan, a U.S. Army psychiatrist, killed 13 people and wounded 32 others after he opened fire at a Fort Hood, Texas, Army base. He was wounded but survived.

▪  April 16, 2007: Seung-Hui Cho, a 23-year-old student, killed 32 people at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia, during a shooting spree on the school’s campus. He later committed suicide.

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