Timeline of shooting tragedies

A gunman at a Connecticut elementary school killed more than two dozen people, including children, Friday. It is among the world's worst mass shootings. Here is a look at some others:

AUG. 5, 2012 Army veteran Wade Michael Page kills five men and one woman and wounds three other people, including a police officer, before taking his own life at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin outside Milwaukee.

JULY 20, 2012 Twelve people are killed when a gunman enters an Aurora, Colo., movie theater, releases a canister of gas and then opens fire during opening night of the Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises." James Holmes, a

24-year-old former graduate student at the University of Colorado, has been charged in the deaths.

MARCH 11, 2012 Sixteen

Afghan villagers, including nine children, are killed during a predawn attack in which Army prosecutors have charged Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, 39.

JULY 22, 2011 Anders Behring Breivik kills 77 in Norway in twin attacks: a bombing in downtown Oslo and a shooting massacre at a youth camp outside the capital. The self-styled anti-Muslim militant admitted both attacks.

JAN. 8, 2011 A gunman kills six people and wounds 13 others, including then-U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in a shooting spree outside a grocery store in Tucson, Ariz. Doctors say Jared Lee Loughner, who has been sentenced to life in prison, suffers from schizophrenia.

NOV. 5, 2009 Thirteen soldiers and civilians are killed and more than two dozen wounded when a gunman walks into the Soldier Readiness Processing Center at Fort Hood, Texas, and opens fire. Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.

APRIL 30, 2009 Farda Gadyrov, 29, enters the prestigious Azerbaijan State Oil Academy in the capital, Baku, armed with an automatic pistol and clips. He kills 12 people before killing himself as police close in.

APRIL 3, 2009 A 41-year-old man opens fire at an immigrant community center in upstate Binghamton, killing 11 immigrants and two workers. Jiverly Wong, a Vietnamese immigrant and a former student at the center, kills himself as police rush to the scene.

MARCH 10, 2009 Michael McLendon, 28, kills 10 people -- including his mother, four other relatives, and the wife and child of a local sheriff's deputy -- across two rural Alabama counties. He then kills himself.

SEPT. 23, 2008 Matti Saari, 22, walks into a vocational college in Kauhajoki, Finland, and opens fire, killing 10 people and burning their bodies with firebombs before fatally shooting himself.

NOV. 7, 2007 After revealing plans for his attack in YouTube postings, Pekka-Eric Auvinen, 18, kills eight people at his high school in Tuusula, Finland.

APRIL 16, 2007 Seung-Hui Cho, 23, kills 32 people and himself on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Va.

APRIL 26, 2002 Robert Steinhaeuser, 19, who had been expelled from school in Erfurt, Germany, kills 13 teachers, two former classmates and a policeman before committing suicide.

APRIL 20, 1999 Students Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, opened fire at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., killing 12 classmates and a teacher and wounding 26 others before killing themselves in the school's library.

APRIL 28, 1996 Martin Bryant, 29, bursts into a cafeteria in the seaside resort of Port Arthur in Tasmania, Australia, shooting 20 people to death. Driving away, he kills 15 others. He was captured and imprisoned.

MARCH 13, 1996 Thomas Hamilton, 43, kills 16 kindergarten children and their teacher in elementary school in Dunblane, Scotland, and then kills himself.

OCT. 16, 1991 In Killeen, Texas, George Hennard opens fire at a Luby's Cafeteria, killing 23 people before taking his own life. Twenty others are wounded in the attack.

JUNE 18, 1990 James Edward Pough shoots people at random in a General Motors Acceptance Corp. office in Jacksonville, Fla., killing 10 and wounding four, before killing himself.

DEC. 6, 1989 Marc Lepine, 25, bursts into Montreal's Ecole Polytechnique college, shooting at women he encounters, killing nine and then himself.

AUG. 19, 1987 Michael Ryan, 27, kills 16 people in the small market town of Hungerford, England, and then shoots himself dead after being

cornered by police.

AUG. 20, 1986 Pat Sherrill, 44, a postal worker who was about to be fired, shoots 14 people at a post office in Edmond, Okla. He then kills himself.

JULY 18, 1984 James Oliver Huberty, an out-of-work security guard, kills 21 people in a McDonald's restaurant in San Ysidro, Calif. A police sharpshooter kills Huberty.

JULY 12, 1976 Edward Charles Allaway, a custodian in the library of California State University, Fullerton, fatally shoots seven fellow employees and wounds two others.

AUG. 1, 1966 Charles Whitman opens fire from the clock tower at the University of Texas at Austin, killing 16 people and wounding 31.

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