Every year, we lose too many lives to public shootings, mass murders, and terrorist attacks. Airports, schools, and malls have become hot spots for criminals to open fire on unsuspecting victims. Even if the suspect is brought to justice, the pain and suffering do not go away. While memorials can help families and friends cope with the disastrous events, mass murders hurt everyone on a substantial level.
Caused by religion, racism, or just hate, all of the mass shootings and murders that happened in 2017 were tragic. Whenever a mass killing hits the news, people immediately hope no one they know are involved in the incident, and usually, everyone turns up safe. On this list of this year's worst mass shootings and murders, we read about those caught in the most dangerous situations.
Here are the worst mass shooting and murders of 2017. To get the full scope of the ongoing nature of this national epidemic, you can also read this list of mass shootings that occurred in 2018. We offer our sincerest condolences to the friends and families who have lost their loved ones this year.
A Shooting At A New Mexico High School Left Three Dead
At Least Five People Killed Near A California Elementary School
On November 14, a gunman opened fire near an elementary school in Corning, CA. Armed with a semiautomatic rifle and two handguns, the man seemed to choose his targets at random. Five people, including the shooter, were killed; the number of injuries is unknown. The shooter was killed by officers at the scene.
Shooting At Texas Church Left 26 Dead
A gunman entered the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX, on November 5. He opened fire with a Ruger AR-556 rifle, killing at least 26 people and wounding 20 more.
The suspected shooter, 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley, was found dead in his car after the tragedy. It's unknown whether he killed himself.
Lone Gunman Shot More Than 500 At A Las Vegas Festival
On October 1, 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock went on a shooting spree in Las Vegas, NV. Reportedly armed with around 20 rifles, he stationed himself in a 32nd story room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and opened fire on the crowd gathered for a country music festival below. Over the course of about ten minutes, he killed at least 59 people and wounded 527.
Authorities believe Paddock killed himself before he could be apprehended. The event is the worst mass shooting in US history.