The deadliest shootings in Europe since 1995
Wednesday's shooting spree which killed 12 people in the picturesque Lake District area of northwest England is one of the deadliest in Europe in the last 15 years. Here is a list of the others:
- March 13, 1996: Sixteen children aged between five and six and their teacher are shot dead in their school in Dunblane, Scotland, by a mentally disturbed man who then kills himself.
- April 26, 2002: Sixteen people, including 12 teachers, die in a killing spree in Erfurt, Germany by a 19-year-old who then turns the gun on himself.
- September 24, 1995: Sixteen people are killed and many injured by a 17-year-old in the southern French town of Sollies-le-Pont et Cuers. The gunman later commits suicide.
- March 11, 2009: Fifteen people, including nine school students and three teachers, die in Winnenden near the southwestern German city of Stuttgart when a 17-year-old former student of the school goes on the rampage. The shooter takes his own life.
- September 27, 2001: Fourteen Swiss lawmakers and local canton officials are killed by a crazed gunman in Zug in central Switzerland. The killer commits suicide.
- September 23, 2008: Nine students and a teacher die in Kauhajoki, southwestern Finland, after a 22-year-old student goes on a shooting spree before killing himself.
- March 27, 2002: Eight people die and 19 are injured when a man opens fire on a town meeting in Nanterre on the western outskirts of Paris. The killer commits suicide a day later while in police custody.
- November 7, 2007: Eight people are shot dead in a high school in Tuusula, southern Finland, by an 18-year-old who kills himself.
- October 15, 2002: Eight die in a family shooting near Turin in northwestern Italy. The killer, recently divorced, takes his life.
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