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The arrest of Jesse Matthew - suspected in the disappearance of UVA student Hannah Graham - has resulted in a break in the 2009 death case of another young woman. Erin Burnett has the latest.
June 11th, 2014
08:53 PM ET

U.S. averages one school shooting every five weeks since Newtown

(CNN) - After Tuesday's shooting at an Oregon high school, many media outlets, including CNN, reported that there have been 74 school shootings in the past 18 months.

That's the time period since the December 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 children and six adults were shot to death.

The statistic came from a group called Everytown for Gun Safety, an umbrella group started by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a passionate and public advocate of gun control.

Without a doubt, that number is startling.

So on Wednesday, CNN took a closer look at the list, delving into the circumstances of each incident Everytown included.

Everytown says on its web site that it gleans its information from media reports and that its list includes school shootings involving a firearm discharged inside or on school grounds, including assaults, homicides, suicides and accidental shootings.

CNN determined that 15 of the incidents Everytown included were situations similar to the violence in Oregon - a minor or adult actively shooting inside or near a school. That works out to about one shooting every five weeks.

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Filed under: Gun Control • News • School Shooting
June 10th, 2014
09:22 PM ET

Gunman, student dead in Oregon school shooting

It is a sickening image that has become all too familiar to Americans around the country.

Students walking single file, arms raised, after a gunman opens fire inside their school.

This time, it happened at a high school just outside Portland, Oregon.

Fatal Oregon high school shooting: 'This is not a drill'

One student was shot and killed, and a teacher was injured. Multiple law enforcement officials tell CNN the gunman is dead from a self-inflicted wound.

Reynolds High School student Hannah League shares what she experienced during the shooting.

Pamela Brown has the latest details.


Filed under: Gun Control • News • School Shooting
June 5th, 2014
08:56 PM ET

Witness describes frantic scene at Seattle college campus shooting

(CNN) - A gunman opened fired Thursday at Seattle Pacific University, killing one person and wounding three before a student tackled him, Seattle police said.

The gunman was reloading a shotgun when the student, working as a building monitor, knocked him down, Police Capt. Chris Fowler told reporters.

"Once on the ground, other students jumped on top of them and subdued the shooter," he said.

The suspect, whose identity was not immediately released, is in custody, police said.

The shooting began inside the foyer of Otto Miller Hall, which houses the university's science, math and engineering departments, when the gunman confronted three people and shot them, Fowler said.

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Filed under: Justice • News • School Shooting
January 17th, 2014
08:50 PM ET

Student allegedly opens fire in Philadelphia high school gym

In Philadelphia, a student allegedly fired a handgun inside his high school gym, injuring at least two students.

2 students shot in Philadelphia high school gym; suspect nabbed

One suspect is now in custody, but police say they are searching for additional suspects as well.

CNN's Jason Carroll has the story OutFront.


Filed under: Crime • Justice • News • School Shooting
January 15th, 2014
08:43 PM ET

New Mexico shooting suspect's family: "We love our young son"

(CNN) - He had a 20-gauge pump shotgun, which police say he personally sawed off.

He had three shells.

And he had a plan.

The 12-year-old had all these when he entered a Roswell, New Mexico, middle school gymnasium and opened fire, State Police Chief Pete Kassetas said Wednesday.

His first shot, which Kassetas characterized as "birdshot," hit the ceiling. The second went into the gym floor. The third sped toward the stands where, some 12 to 15 feet away, it hit two of a throng of students who had been waiting for classes to start.

"The victims were random," the state police chief said.

Having carried out three search warrants and conducted at least 60 "primary interviews," Kassetas laid out these and other details related to Tuesday morning's shooting at Berrendo Middle School. But he didn't disclose everything, including the preteen shooter's possible motive.

"We did find evidence that the suspect had planned this event," Kassetas said. "I can't discuss the particulars as to why."

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Filed under: Education • News • School Shooting
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