School shootings in 2012

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  • The Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy is the latest of several school shootings this year
The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School is among several school shootings that have taken place over the past year.

The elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, is unfortunately not the first to happen in an educational setting this year:

February 27, 2012: Chardon High School, Ohio

Thomas "T.J." Lane, 17, confessed to opening fire on students at Chardon High School in Ohio. Three students died and two were hospitalized, The New York Times reported. Lane told authorities he stole the gun from a relative who had obtained it legally. He also claimed he shot at random during the rampage. He was allegedly chased from the school and was apprehended by police. Lane initially pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, and is currently being held pending a postponement of his trial to 2013. At the time, the Chardon massacre was the deadliest public school shooting since 2005.

April 2, 2012: Oikos University, California

One L. Goh, 43, killed seven people and wounded several others at Oikos University, a Korean Christian University in Oakland, California. Goh disrupted a nursing class and ordered the students to stand against a wall before opening fire. Seven people were killed and at least three were injured before Goh attempted to escape. He later surrendered at a Safeway about five miles from the scene. It was reported that Goh was a former student of the school who had been asked to leave due to poor behavior. The incident was one of the deadliest university shootings in recent U.S. history, and the deadliest act of gun violence since the Virginia Tech Massacre in 2007.

August 13, 2012: Texas A&M University, Texas

Three people, including a police officer, a single suspect, and a bystander, were killed in shootings near the campus of Texas A&M University. The alleged shooter, Thomas Caffell, was said to be obsessed with video games and having financial problems. He was killed exchanging gunfire with law enforcement on the scene. Caffell's mother later claimed that her son was "ill" and that the family was devastated by the events.

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