Horror at Uvalde school is another chapter in the long legacy of Texas mass shootings




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  • 2022-05-25 01:57:01Z
  • By Corpus Christi Caller-Times

Sutherland Springs, Santa Fe High, El Paso and Midland.

Dallas, Killeen, Fort Worth, Fort Hood and the UT Tower.

And Tuesday at the lunch hour at an elementary school for children in grades 2 through 4, Uvalde joined the grim but growing list of Texas  communities where life is suddenly upended by the actions of a gunman bent on taking down as many innocents as he can.

El Paso Fire Medical personnel arrive at the mass shooting at Walmart near Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso on Saturday, Aug.
El Paso Fire Medical personnel arrive at the mass shooting at Walmart near Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso on Saturday, Aug.  

Uvalde becomes deadliest school shooting ever in Texas

The killing of several children and three adults in the South Texas city halfway between San Antonio and Del Rio was at least the 13th mass-killing event in the Lone Star State since Charles Whitman began gunning down random people from his perch atop the University of Texas Tower on Aug. 1, 1966.

"Texans across the state are grieving for the victims of this senseless crime and for the community of Uvalde," Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement after announcing the death toll at a news briefing within hours of the first reports. "Cecilia and I mourn this horrific loss and we urge all Texans to come together to show our unwavering support to all who are suffering."

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The grief the governor mentioned has become almost commonplace in Texas, especially in recent years. Eight of the shootings that have taken at least four lives and not sparked by domestic violence have occurred since 2014, meaning that Texas has averaged at least one mass shooting a year since then.

Chairs with roses mark where victims where found in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs.
Chairs with roses mark where victims where found in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs.  

Tuesday's violence was the deadliest ever at a Texas school, and the fourth deadliest school shooting in modern American history. In March 2018, 10 people were killed a shooting at Santa Fe High School near Galveston.

There is no federal definition for what constitutes a mass shooting, however the FBI has defined a mass murderer as some who kills four or more, not including himself, in a single incident.

A look at gun violence, mass shootings in Texas

The UT Tower, Aug. 1, 1966. Whitman killed 14 people and injured 31. An unborn child was also among the death. The final victim died in 2001 of injuries traced to the shooting

First Baptist Church, Dangerfield, June 22, 1980. A heavily armed man killed five and wounded 10 inside a church in East Texas.

Grand Prairie, Aug. 9, 1982. An man shot and killed 6 and wounded three others at a warehouse. It was considered workplace violence.

Luby's Cafeteria, Killeen, Oct. 16, 1991. A gunman opened fire on diners at lunchtime, killing 23 and wounding 27.

Wedgewood Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Sept. 15, 1999. Seven were killed and seven were wounded at an annual religious event.

Fort Hood, Nov. 5, 2009. An Army major killed 13 and wounded more than 30 others in an attack that was considered an act of terrorism. An unrelated shooting at the Army post near Killeen on April 2, 2014 left three dead.

Ambush on police, July 7, 2016. Five officers were killed and several others were injured at the end of a protest march against police violence in the city's downtown area.

First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Nov. 5, 2017. A gunman opened fire during Sunday services, killing 25 and an unborn child.

Santa Fe High School, March 14, 2018. Eight students and two teachers were killed and 13 others were wounded.

El Paso, Aug. 3, 2019. A gunman who later said he was targeting Hispanics killed 23 and wounded 23 others.

Midland-Odessa, Aug. 31, 2019. A gunman on a shooting spree killed seven and injured 25, including three police officers.

John C. Moritz covers Texas government and politics for the USA Today Network in Austin. Contact him at jmoritz@gannett.com and follow him on Twitter @JohnnieMo.

This article originally appeared on Corpus Christi Caller Times: Tragedy at Uvalde school joins long legacy of Texas mass shootings

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