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School Shootings thru 2007

April 16, 2007:    Blacksburg Virgina
A gunman opened fire in a dorm and classroom at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Va., killing 33 people and wounding at least 15 before he killed himself, police said.

The FBI and the ATF believe two handguns were used by the lone gunman who was described as a young Asian male.

The bloodbath took place at opposite sides of the 2,600-acre campus, beginning at about 7:15 a.m. at West Ambler Johnston, a coed dormitory that houses 895 people, and continuing about two hours later at Norris Hall, an engineering building, authorities said.

March 7 2007:     Midland Michigan
A gunman shot and wounded his teenage ex-girlfriend in a high school parking lot in Midland, Mich., before fatally shooting himself, police said.
The 17-year-old girl was transported to a local hospital, and her condition was not known, Midland Police Chief James St. Louis said at an afternoon news conference.
He said the shooter was a 17-year-old from Coleman and was dead on the scene. He was not a student at the school.
The girl, whose name was not released, is a student at H.H. Dow High School, but was not in class Wednesday morning. She is from Midland.
St. Louis said the gunman called her at home and asked her to meet him at the school. After a conversation in the parking lot, he pulled a gun out of a backpack and shot her four times before turning the gun on himself.

.Jan. 3, 2007:       Tacoma Washington
A student was shot to death at his high school in Tacoma, Wash., as classes about to start Jan. 3, 2006, and police were searching for the gunman, officials said.

The student's age and details of the 7:30 a.m. shooting at Foss High School were not immediately released, but police spokesman Mark Fulghum said no one else was believed to be injured. He said police were trying to determine what prompted the attack.

The suspect was believed to be another student, and school district spokeswoman Peggy Holmgren said there were witnesses to the attack.

The school was locked down after the shooting. By about 8:30, police had secured the building and students were being sent home, Tacoma School District spokeswoman Pam Thompson said. Classes were canceled for the rest of the day.

Oct. 2, 2006:        Lancaster Pennsylvania
A gunman killed "a number" of people at a one-room Amish schoolhouse in Pennsylvania's Lancaster County, state police said.

Police say the gunman, a 32-year-old man, entered the schoolhouse and then sent the male students outside while keeping young girls inside and blocking the doors.

Police say that as they arrived and tried to negotiate with the shooter, he opened fire -- killing three girls, and then taking his own life.

They say seven other students, some with very serious injuries, were taken to hospitals. Police surrounded the one-room school in Nickel Mines, Pa., and the Lancaster County 911 Web site reported that dozens of emergency units were dispatched to a "medical emergency" at 10:45 a.m.

Two hours later, about three dozen people in traditional Amish clothing, hats and bonnets stood near the small school building speaking to one another, several young people and authorities. At least two ambulances had left the scene, and at least one person was taken on a stretcher to a medical helicopter.

Sept. 29, 2006:     Cazenovia Wisconsin
A teenager who decided to confront teachers and the principal after complaining that other students teased him brought two guns to school and shot the principal to death, authorities said.

The shooting also came a day after the principal gave 15-year-old Eric Hainstock a disciplinary warning for having tobacco, according to a criminal complaint.

He entered Weston Schools with the shotgun before classes began and pointed the gun at a social studies teacher, but custodian Dave Thompson wrested it from the teen, the complaint said. When Hainstock reached for the handgun, Thompson and the teacher ran for cover.

Principal John Klang went into the hallway and confronted Hainstock. A teacher said that after the shots were fired, Klang, already wounded, managed to wrestle the shooter to the ground and sweep away the gun, the complaint said. Students and staff detained Hainstock until police arrived, District Attorney Patricia Barrett said.

No one else was injured. Klang, 49, was shot in the head, chest and leg, authorities said. He died hours later at a hospital in Madison.

Hainstock was taken into custody and charged as an adult with murder, the district attorney said. He could get life in prison if convicted.
Cazenovia is a community of about 300 people about 60 miles northwest of Madison.

Nov. 8, 2005:        Jacksboro Tennesee
Authorities in Jacksboro, Tenn., are investigating the fatal shooting of a Campbell County High School administrator. Police arrested a 15-year-old boy who is being held in a juvenile detention facility. Assistant Principal Ken Bruce was shot in the chest just after 2 p.m. and died soon after at a hospital. Principal Gary Seale and Assistant Principal Jim Pierce were seriously wounded. No students were injured.

The suspect was grazed in the hand by a bullet fired from his own .22-caliber handgun during a scuffle with the administrators and an unidentified teacher who helped wrestle the gun away, officials said. Students said Seale was able to get to the school intercom and order the lockdown after being shot.

Authorities were unsure if the suspect would be charged as a juvenile or an adult. The motive is not yet known.

March 21, 2005:                  Red Lake Indian Reservation Minnesota
A heavily armed teen accused of killing his grandparents smiled and waved during a shooting rampage at a high school at Red Lake Indian Reservation in far northern Minnesota. When the shooting stopped, 10 people were dead, including the gunman's grandfather, his grandfather's wife, a school security guard, a teacher; and five students. At least 14 others were wounded, officials said. Police said the gunman, who a school board member identified as Jeff Weise, killed himself after exchanging fire with officers.

School board member Kathryn Beaulieu said the 17-year-old student had been placed in the school's Homebound program for some violation of policy. She said she didn't know what Weise's violation was, and wouldn't be allowed to reveal it if she did.

Sept. 24, 2003:     Cold Spring Minnesota
John Jason McLaughlin, 15, opens fire on students at Rocori High School in Cold Spring, killing one and critically wounding another before a gym teacher apparently talks him into dropping the gun, authorities say. Students describe McLaughlin as an intensely shy, quiet boy who kept to himself. The school's superintendent says authorities had no reason to expect that sort of violence from him.  

April 24, 2003:    Lion PA
A heavily armed 14-year-old boy shoots and kills his school principal inside a crowded junior high cafeteria in Red Lion, Pa., then kills himself. Authorities say there were no known problems between the boy, who did not have a record of disciplinary problems, and the principal, Eugene Segro. The same school district was the site of a machete attack on a kindergarten class that injured a principal, two teachers and 11 of the 23 pupils in 2001.

March 30, 2001:`Gary Indiana
A 17-year-old former student allegedly kills a 10th-grader in the school parking lot of Lew Wallace High School in Gary, Ind. Donald Ray Burt Jr. could face a 65-year prison term if convicted, authorities said.

The two students, 18-year-old Eric Harris and 17-year-old Dylan Klebold, go on a carefully planned rampage, shooting their classmates and teachers at point-blank range with an arsenal of weapons.

It was the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.

March 22, 2001:  El Cajon California
Jason Hoffman, 18, was accused of opening fire at Granite Hills High School in El Cajon, Calif., wounding five. Another student said Hoffman simulated guns with his hands and made a reference to Columbine in class earlier this year. Hoffman, who is charged with one count of attempted premeditated murder and five counts of assault with a firearm, pleaded not guilty to attempted murder charges. Hoffman faces up to 55 years to life in prison if convicted.

March 5, 2001:    Santee California
A 15-year-old student opened fire on fellow students at Santana High School in Santee, Calif., outside San Diego, killing two people and wounding 13 others. Police arrested Charles Andrew Williams, a freshman that other students say was regularly picked on and had two skateboards stolen from him. Williams faces two counts of murder with special circumstances, 13 counts of attempted murder with a gun and 13 counts of assault with a firearm. He could face life in prison if convicted on all counts.

May 26, 2000:      Lake Worth Florida
A 13-year-old honor student killed his teacher, Barry Grunow, on the last day of classes in Lake Worth, Fla. Nathaniel Brazill is found guilty of second-degree murder. He also was convicted of aggravated assault for pointing a silver .25-caliber semiautomatic pistol at a math teacher as he fled. The teen is sentenced to 28 years in prison.

Feb. 29, 2000:      Mount Morris Township Michigan
A 6-year-old first-grade boy at Buell Elementary School in Mount Morris Township, Mich., pulled a gun from his bag and shot and killed 6-year-old Kayla Rowland. The .32 caliber semiautomatic handgun was left out in the house where the boy lived. Because of his age, the boy was not charged. But a 19-year-old man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for allowing the boy access to the gun. The boy's uncle has pleaded guilty to possessing the stolen gun used in the shooting..

Dec. 6, 1999:        Fort Gibson OK
A 13-year-old student fired at least 15 rounds at a middle school in Fort Gibson, Okla., wounding four classmates. Seth Trickey was convicted on seven assault charges, but will not remain in jail past age 19.

Nov. 19, 1999:      Denning New Mexico
A 13-year-old girl was shot in the head in school at Deming, N.M., and died the next day. Victor Cordova Jr., then 12, later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to at least two years in juvenile prison. His sentence can be extended annually until he turns 21.

May 20, 1999:      Conyers GA
Six students were wounded in a shooting at Heritage High School in Conyers, Ga., near Atlanta. The shooter, T.J. Solomon, was a 15-year-old sophomore at the school. He pleaded guilty but mentally ill and was sentenced to 40 years in prison and 65 years of probation

April 20, 1999:    Littleton Colorado
Two student gunmen at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., killed 12 students and a teacher, wounded 23 others and placed bombs throughout the school before taking their own lives.

June 15, 1998:     Richmond VA
A 14-year-old student opened fire in a hallway of Armstrong High School in Richmond, Va.

May 21, 1998:      Springfield Oregon
Two teen-agers were fatally shot and more than 20 people were hurt when a 15-year-old suspect opened fire in a high school cafeteria in Springfield, Ore. Kip Kinkel, who also killed his parents in their home, was sentenced to nearly 112 years in prison.

May 19, 1998:      Fayetville Tenn
Three days before his graduation, an 18-year-old honor student, Jacob Davis, opened fire in a parking lot at Lincoln County High School in Fayetteville, Tenn., killing a classmate who was dating his ex-girlfriend. Davis is serving 52 years in prison and is eligible for parole when he is 70 years old.

April 24, 1998:    Edinboro PA
A science teacher was shot to death in front of students at an eighth-grade graduation dance in Edinboro, Pa. Andrew Wurst, then 14, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and other charges and is serving 30 to 60 years in prison.

March 24, 1998:  Jonesboro Ark
Four girls and a teacher were shot to death and 10 people wounded at a middle school in Jonesboro, Ark., when two boys, 11 and 13, open fire from nearby woods.

On his 14th birthday, Mitchell Johnson pleaded guilty, and 12-year-old Andrew Golden was found guilty after trying to enter an innocent plea. Both boys were later convicted of murder and can be held until age 21.

Dec. 1, 1997:        West Paducah KY
Three students were killed and five others wounded in a hallway at Heath High School in West Paducah, Ky. A 14-year-old student, Michael Carneal, pleaded guilty but mentally ill to murder and is serving life in prison. One of the wounded girls was left paralyzed

Oct. 1, 1997:        Pearl Mississippi
A 16-year-old boy in Pearl, Miss., killed his mother, then went to his high school and shot nine students, two fatally. The boy, Luke Woodham, was given three life sentences plus 140 years in prison

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