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Florida school shooting marks one of the deadliest in US history

Florida school shooting marks one of the deadliest in US history
Posted at 7:21 PM, Feb 14, 2018

Wednesday's massacre at a high school in Parkland, Florida marks the deadliest mass shooting in a high school in recent US history, and tied for third deadliest at an educational facility. 

Although school shootings are becoming nearly a weekly occurrence in the US - four so far in 2018 at a middle or high school- most are not nearly as deadly as Wednesday's shooting. On Wednesday, a former student, Nikolaus Cruz, was accused of killing 17 people. 

Here is a look at deadly shootings at schools in the United States:

32 killed, Virginia Tech University - April 16, 2007 

A lone gunman killed 32 people, in two different locations on campus, before killing himself. The 23-year-old student mailed a package to NBC News containing memos and photos between shooting incidents. 

27 killed, Sandy Hook Elementary - December 14, 2012 

A 20-year-old killed 20 young children, six school staffers and his mother before killing himself. The gunman used a Bushmaster Model XM15-E2S rifle during the shooting spree.

17 killed, University of Texas - August 1, 1966

A gunman shot and killed 14 people and an unborn child from a tower on the University of Texas' campus. The gunman indiscriminately shot people on the ground for 90 minutes before being shot by an officer. The gunman had also killed his mother and wife earlier in the day.

17 killed, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, February 14, 2018

A lone gunman is accused of killing 14 people inside of his former high school, and three others outside of it before being caught in a nearby town. 

13 killed, Columbine High School - April 20, 1999 

At the time, it was one of the most unimaginable tragedies with two gunmen shooting fellow students before committing suicide in the school's library. The two gunmen killed 12 students and a teacher. It took law enforcement nearly five hours to take control of the school.