151 Victims of Mass Shootings in 2012: Here Are Their Stories

Bearing witness to the worst year of gun rampages in modern US history.

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The media coverage tends to linger on the killers. But as the nation mourns the excruciating losses in Newtown—and finally begins to confront an epidemic of mass shootings amid the worst year for them in modern US history—it is equally important to bear witness to the victims. What follows are portraits of 151 people physically wounded or killed in the rampages of 2012. In addition to the victims of this year’s seven mass shootings, we’ve included the victims of similar but less lethal rampages in a Portland shopping mall, a Milwaukee spa, and a Cleveland high school.

The total number of lives devastated by these attacks far exceeds 151, of course, starting with survivors who narrowly escaped physical harm, such as the unidentified six-year-old girl who played dead and walked out of Sandy Hook Elementary School against all odds. Mother Jones has only included photos of those injured and killed that were shared publicly by the families or survivors themselves, or for which we were granted specific permission. For essential context and findings from our in-depth investigation, also see our guide to mass shootings in America.

Scroll down to begin, or jump directly to any of these attacks of 2012:

 

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This project was reported and written by Mark Follman, Jaeah Lee, Sydney Brownstone, Maggie Severns, Gavin Aronsen, and Brett Brownell. It was edited and produced by Mark Follman, Dave Gilson, Tasneem Raja, Ben Breedlove, and Jaeah Lee.

 

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This project was reported and written by Mark Follman, Jaeah Lee, Sydney Brownstone, Maggie Severns, Gavin Aronsen, and Brett Brownell. It was edited and produced by Mark Follman, Dave Gilson, Tasneem Raja, Ben Breedlove, and Jaeah Lee.

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