These are the Deadliest Shootings in U.S. History, and Orlando Surpasses Them All

Candles in the White House honor the victims of the Newtown elementary school shooting in December 2012. Candles in the White House honor the victims of the Newtown elementary school shooting in December 2012. Jacquelyn Martin/AP file photo

The mass shooting in an Orlando nightclub has killed 50 and injured 53, making it the deadliest in United States history. Below are the other single shootings that claimed the most lives in the US.

32 killed on April 16, 2007

Virginia Tech student Seung-Hui Cho killed 27 students and five faculty members on the university campus.

27 killed on December 14, 2012

Adam Lanza, 20, killed his mother before shooting 20 elementary school children and six staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

23 killed on October 16, 1991

A 35-year-old man, George Hennard, crashed his pickup truck through the walls of a cafeteria in Killeen, Texas, before opening fire and killing 23 people and himself.

21 killed on July 18, 1984

41-year-old James Huberty, who’d lost his job as a security guard, killed 21 people, including children, at a McDonald’s in San Ysidro, California. He was killed by a police sniper an hour after he began shooting.

18 killed on August 1, 1996

Former US Marine Charles Joseph Whitman killed his mother and wife before going to a University of Texas tower and shooting dead another 16 people.

14 killed on December 2, 2015

Married couple Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik killed 14 people in a terrorist attack at an employee holiday party at Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California.

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