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Crimea: A student went on a rampage and at least 17 people were killed and 40 injured in a school shooting

NPR

 


10/16/1991: George Jo Hennard drives his truck through a window in Luby’s Cafeteria in Kileen, Texas, and then opens fire on a lunch crowd of over 100 people, killing 23 and injuring 20 more.

History Channel

 


The Pulse and Preventable Deaths

E. Reed Smith, Geoff Shapiro & Babak Sarani (2018) Fatal Wounding Pattern and Causes of Potentially Preventable Death Following the Pulse Night Club Shooting Event, Prehospital Emergency Care, DOI: 10.1080/10903127.2018.1459980

Abstract

“Background: Mortality following shooting is related to time to provision of initial and definitive care. An understanding of the wounding pattern, opportunities for rescue, and incidence of possibly preventable death is needed to achieve the goal of zero preventable deaths following trauma. Methods: A retrospective study of autopsy reports for all victims involved in the Pulse Nightclub Shooting was performed. The site of injury, probable site of fatal injury, and presence of potentially survivable injury (defined as survival if prehospital care is provided within 10 minutes and trauma center care within 60 minutes of injury) was determined independently by each author. Wounds were considered fatal if they involved penetration of the heart, injury to any non-extremity major blood vessel, or bihemispheric, mid-brain, or brainstem injury. Results: There were an average of 6.9 wounds per patient. Ninety percent had a gunshot to an extremity, 78% to the chest, 47% to the abdomen/pelvis, and 39% to the head. Sixteen patients (32%) had potentially survivable wounds, 9 (56%) of whom had torso injuries. Four patients had extremity injuries, 2 involved femoral vessels and 2 involved the axilla. No patients had documented tourniquets or wound packing prior to arrival to the hospital. One patient had an isolated C6 injury and 2 victims had unihemispheric gunshots to the head. Conclusions: A comprehensive strategy starting with civilian providers to provide care at the point of wounding along with a coordinated public safety approach to rapidly evacuate the wounded may increase survival in future events.


1 year ago today: Las Vegas


7/20/2012: A mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, CO that killed 12 and wounded 70 others.

History

“……On this day in 2012, gunman James Holmes started a mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, a Denver suburb, killing 12 people—the youngest a 6-year-old girl—and injuring at least 70 others.

The Aurora shooting took place shortly after the start of a crowded midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises, which opened across the United States that day. It was the deadliest mass shooting in Colorado since the 1999 Columbine shooting…..”


7/18/1984: An active shooter situation develops in a crowded McDonald’s restaurant in San Ysidro, California, killing 21 and wounding 19 others

History

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99JnMxyvL-E

 


Boise, Idaho: 6 children, ages four to 12, were injured in a knife attack, along with 3 adults who rushed to their defense.

CBS

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“At least 100 migrants died in a shipwreck occured off Tripoli. 3 young children among the dead. The actual number of missing still uncertain.”

CNN


6/15/1904: More than 1,000 people taking a pleasure trip on New York City’s East River are drowned or burned to death when a fire sweeps through the General Slocum steamboat.

History Channel

 


6/11/1955: a racing car in Le Mans, France, goes out of control and crashes into stands filled with spectators, killing 82

History Channel

 


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