Background: Massacre in the US in recent years
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El Paso (AP) - A gunman shoots in a mall in Texas and kills at least 20 people. The deed joins the list of massacres in the US. An overview of other momentous acts of the past years:
Virginia Beach, Virginia, June 2019: A municipal employee opens the fire in the coastal town, killing eleven colleagues and a contractor. Policemen shoot the culprit.
Thousand Oaks, California, November 2018: An ex-soldier kills 13 people in a bar. He then shoots himself.
Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania), October 2018: A right-wing radical shoots eleven people in the Tree of Life synagogue. It is the most momentous anti-Semitic crime in US history.
Parkland (Florida), February 2018: A 19-year-old fires a fire alarm in his former high school, then shoots at the fleeing students and teachers. 17 people die, dozens are injured. The shooter himself is arrested.
Sutherland Springs, Texas, November 2017: A 26-year-old man opens the fire in a church and kills 26 people before he shoots himself.
Las Vegas (Nevada), October 2017: 64-year-old Stephen Paddock shoots from the 32nd floor of a hotel for guests at a festival opposite. He kills 58 people. Hundreds more are injured. The culprit shoots himself. The motive is still unclear.
Orlando (Florida), June 2016: 29-year-old Omar Mateen shoots 49 visitors to a nightclub popular with gays. Special forces kill him during the storming of the club. The assassin, a US citizen with Afghan parents, had previously become known as the Islamic State terrorist militia.
Newtown (Connecticut), December 2012: Adam Lanza, a 20-year-old with severe mental health problems, first shoots his mother and then goes to his former elementary school, the Sandy Hook Elementary School. There he murdered 20 schoolchildren and six teachers. Then he kills himself.