Today's Shooting Worse Than Columbine

Death toll in Conn. school tragedy 2nd worst in US history
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2012 1:42 PM CST
Today's Shooting Worse Than Columbine
A mother runs with her children as police above canvass homes in the area following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.   (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

With 27 believed dead, NBC News puts today's horrific Connecticut school shooting in the context of others our country has weathered, and it's as devastating as it seems: It's worse than Columbine. The Sandy Hook Elementary shooting is the second worst in our nation's history, topped only by Virginia Tech and its 32 fatalities in 2007; 13 people died in 1999's Columbine massacre. One parent with a son at the 600-student school described the experience of waiting to see if his child was OK as "the most terrifying moment a parent can imagine." Seeing him "was the greatest relief in my existence." Click to read the latest on the massacre. (Read more school shooting stories.)

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