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The deadliest college campus shootings in U.S. history

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One of the deadliest campus shootings in American history took place at Virginia Tech in 2007. Here, in this archive photo, an unidentified family member wipes her face as she placed a flower on a memorial marker during ceremonies marking the second anniversary of the April 16, 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech on the campus of the school in Blacksburg, Va., Thursday, April 16, 2009. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

By Connie Post

Staff Writer

Here are some of the deadliest college campus shootings in American history:

Aug. 1, 1966: University of Texas massacre: A 96-minute shooting rampage from the observation deck of The Tower building at the University of Texas-Austin left 17 dead and 31 injured. The assailant was identified as engineering student Charles Whitman, who hours before had stabbed both his mother and wife to death. He was nicknamed the “Texas Tower Sniper.” His rampage ended when Austin police officers shot and killed him.

Nov. 1, 1991: University of Iowa shooting: A former graduate student named Gang Lu shot and killed 4 faculty and administrators in the physics and astronomy department and injured another before committing suicide.

April 16, 2007: Virginia Tech shooting: A 23-year-old student, Seung-Hui Cho, hot and killed 32 students and faculty before committing suicide. He had enrolled in business information technology, then in his senior year switched his major to English.

Oct. 1, 2015: Umpqua Community College: A 26-year-old student, Christopher Harper-Mercer, was enrolled in a writing class. He walked into the classroom and shot and killed 9 and injured 9 others. He asked at least two students what their religion was before he shot them. He committed suicide following a gunfight with police officers.

 
 

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