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Top Five Most Gruesome Mass Shootings in U.S History

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Top Five Most Gruesome Mass Shootings in Modern U.S History
5. Luby's Shooting
On October 16, 1991, George Hennard crashed his pickup truck into Luby's Cafeteria at the height of the lunch hour. He then proceeded to open fire with a glock 17 and a ruger p89. He picked his victims carefully, which is unique for most mass shooters. He mainly killed with head-shots and targeted women.
George Hennard
Hennard’s known motives were linked to his short temper matched with his recent misfortunes of being let go from the Navy. The shooting ended in thirteen minutes with 23 dead and 20 wounded.

5. Luby's Shooting
4. Sandy Hook
3. Virginia Tech
2. Pulse Night Club
1. Las Vegas
Adam Lanza
Seung-Hui Cho
Omar Mateen
Stephen Paddock
December 14, 2012, during a school day at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, a tragedy occurred. Adam Lanza, 20, walked into the school and began shooting with a semiautomatic assault rifle and two handheld pistols, killing his own mother that morning prior to going to the school.
He suffered from a serious mental illness and had a heavy fascination with the death of society, believing himself to be morally superior, yet isolated. The attack lasted a full ten minutes. 28 died with only 2 being injured.
On April 16, 2007, Seung-Hui Cho, a 23-year old senior at Virginia Tech, went on a rampage not once, but twice. At 6:45 am, Cho entered the West Ambler Johnston dormitory and fatally shot a female freshman in her dorm room at 7:15 am. Upon hearing the gunshots, a male resident went to investigate only to also be gunned down. Cho fled before police or medical staff could arrive. The campus was not evacuated, and in fact, hardly anyone was aware of the occurrence until several hours after the original shooting. Two hours later, while officials were hold a meeting as to how to address the situation, Cho moved onto his next attack. Entering Norris Hall with a backpack containing two handguns, chains, nineteen 10 and 15 round magazines, and several hundred rounds of ammunition. Cho went to the second floor of the building and scanned the classrooms. He finally picked a classroom, then shot and killed a professor, escalating and killing 9 of the 13 students present that day. The second assault lasted 10-12 minutes, ending when Cho committed suicide after killing 30 and injuring 17. There was no true motive, however in his manifesto, Cho complained about being a victim of harassment and ‘ranted about wealthy brats.’
June 12, 2016, Omar Mateen entered the popular gay nightclub, Pulse, in Orlando, Florida. He opened fire on the patrons, unleashing a fury that would last a total of four hours. A security guard attempted to stop Mateen, but was outgunned and retreated to call for help. The local police received the first call about the gunshots at 2:02 am and arrived by 2:08, starting up a small rescue mission in order to salvage some of the attendees. More shots were fired at 2:20 with another victim calling 911, reporting Mateen was in one of two adjacent bathrooms with multiple hostages. The police continued searching and evacuating those hidden throughout the entire club. At 2:35, Mateen placed his own 911 call, pledging allegiance to ISIS. It has been a since confirmed hate crime and a terrorist attack. 49 were killed, with 58 being wounded.

October 1, 2017, the records would be tilted. 64 year old Stephen Paddock was perched on the 32nd flood of a hotel in Mandalay Bay. Around 10:08 pm, he reigned many shots against the crowd attending a country music festival. This would become one of the most gruesome mass shootings in modern American history. Shooting at a crowd of upwards of 22,000 people, Paddock killed 59 and injured more than 515. The incapacitation rate, combined with the fatality rate makes this the most fatal mass shooting in modern U.S history. There is, at this time, no known motive.