From: Matt Jensen (email@example.com)
Date: Tue Dec 26 2000 - 21:40:52 PST
Hmm... the Reuters headline and angle on this are interesting. This is the
first U.S. mass shooting this year, and if it had happened just one week
later, 2000 would have had none at all, which would have resulted in:
2000 - 0
1999 - 10
1998 - 3
1997 - 7
Is it still a "string" of shootings if the previous event was over a year
ago? Debatable, I think.
On Tue, 26 Dec 2000, Sally Khudairi wrote:
> Edgewater attack latest in string of US shootings
> Reuters, 12/26/00
> WAKEFIELD, Mass. -- The slaying of seven workers Tuesday at the corporate
> headquarters of Internet consulting firm Edgewater Technology was the latest
> in a string of shootings in recent years in U.S. workplaces, schools and
> The shootings, especially the high school massacre that killed 15 people in
> Littleton, Colorado, in April 1999, have intensified the national debate
> over guns, with some Americans calling for tougher gun controls and others
> arguing that existing laws should be enforced first.
> Police in Wakefield, Massachusetts, said on Tuesday they had taken one man,
> an Edgewater Technology employee named Michael McDermott, into custody after
> a gunman opened fire about 11 a.m. the day after Christmas, killing seven
> The following are some of the worst shooting incidents in the United States
> since 1997:
> November 1999 -- A Xerox copier repairman in Honolulu gunned down seven
> co-workers before fleeing, triggering one of the biggest manhunts in Hawaii
> history. He was located and surrendered to police after a five-hour armed
> September 1999 -- A 47-year-old loner took his own life after killing seven
> people in a Fort Worth, Texas, Baptist church.
> September 1999 -- A man opened fire at a hospital in Anaheim, California,
> killing three people before being subdued.
> August 1999 -- A man opened fire at an auto parts store in Garden Grove,
> California, killing two people and injuring four.
> August 1999 -- A white supremacist shot and wounded five people at a Los
> Angeles Jewish Community Center. He later shot and killed a postal worker.
> August 1999 -- A man shot dead three people at two office buildings in
> Pelham, Alabama.
> July 1999 -- A day trader killed his wife and two children before shooting
> nine people to death at two Atlanta brokerages. He then killed himself.
> July 1999 -- A white supremacist shot and killed himself after killing two
> men and wounding several others in a string of drive-by shootings in
> Illinois and Indiana.
> April 1999 -- Two student gunmen killed 12 other students and a teacher at
> Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, before killing themselves.
> April 1999 -- A 70-year-old man with mental problems opened fire in the
> genealogical center of the Mormon Church in Salt Lake City, Utah, killing
> two people and wounding four before being killed by police.
> July 1998 -- A gunman with a history of mental illness blasted his way into
> the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, killing two police officers before
> being shot and captured.
> March 1998 -- At Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas, two boys
> aged 13 and 11 pulled a fire alarm and began shooting teachers and
> classmates as they left the school, killing four students and a teacher.
> March 1998 -- A Connecticut Lottery Corp. worker shot four state lottery
> executives and then killed himself in Newington, Connecticut. Story
> December 1997 -- A postal worker shot and killed a co-worker and wounded a
> supervisor before killing himself at a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S. Postal
> Service building.
> December 1997 -- At Heath High School in West Paducah, Kentucky, a
> 14-year-old boy killed three students attending a prayer meeting.
> October 1997 -- At Pearl High School in Pearl, Mississippi, a 16-year-old
> boy fatally stabbed his mother at home, then went to school and shot to
> death two students, including his former girlfriend.
> September 1997 -- A gunman killed four people and wounded three others in a
> shooting spree at an Aiken, South Carolina, manufacturing plant.
> September 1997 -- A Miami Beach postal worker shot his ex-wife and her
> friend as they waited in line at the post office where he worked. The gunman
> then killed himself.
> August 1997 -- A New Hampshire gunman killed four people, including a
> part-time judge and a newspaper editor, before being killed at a lumber yard
> in a shootout with police.
> June 1997 -- An employee at a Los Angeles plastics company shot six people,
> killing two, and later killed himself.
> June 1997 -- A man fired from a Santa Fe Springs, California, embroidery
> firm shot and wounded his former business partner, then killed his former
> partner's sister before fatally shooting himself.
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