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How the Las Vegas shooting compares to the five most deadly gun rampages before it

Before Las Vegas there was the Pulse nightclub, Virginia Tech, Newtown, Luby’s Cafeteria and San Ysidro McDonald’s mass killings
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 02: An injured person is tended to in the intersection of Tropicana Ave. and Las Vegas Boulevard after a mass shooting at a country music festival nearby on October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. A gunman has opened fire on a music festival in Las Vegas, killing over 20 people. Police have confirmed that one suspect has been shot dead. The investigation is ongoing. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

On Sunday night Stephen Paddock, a Nevada resident, fired multiple gunshots from his hotel room in Las Vegas into a crowd of people attending a country music show. The horrific attack, which claimed nearly 60 lives and left more than 500 injured, is the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Prior to Sunday, the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida last year, which killed 49 people, held that title.

To put this latest horror into perspective, here is how the Las Vegas shooting compares to the previous five deadliest shootings in recent U.S. history.

How to read these charts: The data is taken from Mother Jones’s database of mass shootings, which dates back to 1982. Each icon represents one person. The darker icons represent the corresponding event while the lighter icons represent the additional people who were killed or injured in the Las Vegas shooting. The numbers from Las Vegas are as of Oct. 2.

Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting

JUNE 12, 2016
Killed: 49

Injured: 53

Slightly after 2 a.m., a gunman fired shots in Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

The gunman, 29-year-old Omar Mateen, was shot and killed in a police standoff.



Virginia Tech shooting

APRIL 16, 2007
Killed: 32

Injured: 23

Twenty-three-year-old student Seung-Hui Cho fired more than 400 rounds of ammunition at students on the Virginia Tech campus. At the time, this attack was also considered the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Cho committed suicide after police invaded the building.



Newtown shootings

December 14, 2012



Gunman Adam Lanza, a 20-year-old Newtown resident, shot his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School with a shotgun and opened fire in the school, killing 20 children and six adults. After the attack, Lanza killed himself. Police later found Lanza’s mother dead from a gunshot wound.



Luby’s Cafeteria

October 16, 1991
Killed: 24

Injured: 20

After crashing his truck through the front window of Luby’s Cafeteria in central Texas, George J. Hennard, a local resident, opened fire in the family restaurant. Hennard later killed himself in the restroom.



San Ysidro McDonald’s shooting

July 18, 1984
Killed: 22
Injured: 19

Armed with several automatic guns, James Oliver Huberty opened fire in a McDonald’s restaurant in the San Diego area. Huberty was killed by police.