The 10 Deadliest Mass Shootings in Modern U.S. History

Deadliest Mass Shootings

Candles and signs in front of the Walmart in El Paso, Texas following a deadly shooting.

The shooting in El Paso, Texas was the 8th deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.  Here is a list of the ten deadliest single-day mass shootings since 1949.

If the shooter was killed or died by suicide during the incident, that death is not included in the total.

  1. LAS VEGAS: Route 91 Harvest Music Festival. October 2, 2017: 58 killed, 527 injured.
  2. ORLANDO: Pulse Nightclub. June 12, 2016. 49 killed and more than 50 injured.
  3. VIRGINIA TECH: Blacksburg, Va. April 16, 2007. 32 killed and 17 injured on campus.
  4. SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY: Newtown, Conn., December 14, 2012. 26 killed.
  5. SUTHERLAND SPRINGS: First Baptist Church, Sutherland Springs, Texas. November 5, 2017. 26 killed.
  6. KILLEEN, TEXAS: Luby’s Cafeteria. October 16, 1991. 23 killed.
  7. SAN YSIDRO, CALIFORNIA: McDonald’s. July 18, 1984. 21 killed.
  8. EL PASO WALMART: El Paso, Texas. August 3, 2019. At least 20 killed. 26 injured.
  9. MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL: Parkland, Fla. February 14, 2018. 17 killed.
  10. UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS TOWER: Austin, Texas, August 1, 1966. 16 killed. 30 wounded.

See a full list of U.S. mass shootings dating back to 1949.

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