2015 School Shootings rise to 32 with 30 Dead an 53 injured: Vol. 159

SAFER SCHOOLS NEWS-VOL. 159

School Shootings rise to 32 with 30 Dead an 53 injured


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32 Shootings in 2015With four shootings on college campuses in October 2015, the number of US school shootings in 2015 has risen to 32, with 30 people killed and 53 others injured. Others have this list higher using different criteria, adding suicides. This list includes 32 school shootings in 2015 in which someone was injured or killed on school property or on a school buses. Although, until the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College, none of the deaths listed in 2015 were the results of someone opening firing in a classroom, cafeteria or dormitory.  Why are we seeing a increase in violence?

We are seeing this trend move toward college campuses in which 14 students, three professors, and a university staff member have all died at the hands of gunmen.  RA Training

UCC ShootingsThere were four shootings on University campuses shooting earlier this month.

October 2015 – Gunfire broke-out on four times on Universities;

  • Texas Southern University campuses (#32 & #30),
  • Northern Arizona University (#31) and
  • Umpqua Community College (29#)

Two of the shootings could have ended up much worse had the shooter not quickly been tackled by others; in one – a principal was wounded, and another only two shots the student fired hit the ceiling.

All occurred on campuses except one which was on a school bus. Although only one on the list below was a mass casualty shooting and it occurred in a classroom or other campus building. That one was at Umpqua Community College (UCC) in Roseburg, Oregon on October 1, 2015. In the UCC incident, 10 people (including the shooter) died and nine others were injured. It is the worst of all the school shootings in 2015.


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USAmapAccording to the list 14 occurred at a college or university, 18 at a K-12 School and in 20 different states.   Learn More.

#32  –  Houston, Texas

Texas Southern College
Oct. 9, 2015

1 killed; 1 injured

A student was killed at a campus apartment complex and another person was wounded.  The campus was on lock-down for several hours.

#31  –  Flagstaff, Ariz.

Northern Arizona University
Oct. 9, 2015

1 dead, 3 injured

Shots fired in a dormitory parking lot in confrontation between groups of students kill one student, freshman Colin Brough, and wound three others.

#30  –  Houston, Texas

Texas Southern College
Oct. 6, 2015

1 injured

Man shot on campus in confrontation between non-students.

#29  –  Roseburg, Ore.

Umpqua Community College
Oct. 1, 2015

10 dead, 9 injured

Gunman shot students in classrooms and then killed himself after being wounded in gun battle with police.

#28  –  Harrisburg, S.D

Harrisburg High School
Sept. 30, 2015

1 injured

Student shoots principal in arm.

#27  –  Statesville, N.C.

Central Elementary School
Sept. 22, 2015

1 injured

Woman shoots husband outside school.

#26  –  Cleveland, Miss.

Delta State University
Sept. 14, 2015

1 dead

Professor Ethan Smith, a Kansas native, is killed in his office by another instructor at the college.

#25  –  Lafayette, La.

Northside High School
Sept. 11, 2015

1 injured

Girl, 17, shot in arm and leg in parking lot.

#24  –  Sacramento, Calif.

Sacramento City College
Sept. 3, 2015

1 dead, 2 injured

Roman P. Gonzalez, 25, is killed and two other students injured when shots are fired in a confrontation between two groups of men.

#23  –  Savannah, Ga.

Savannah State University
Aug. 27, 2015

1 dead

Student Christopher Stark is killed in the student union after an altercation.

#22  –  Augusta, Ga.

Hornsby Elementary School
Aug. 25, 2015

1 injured

A student playing with a gun inside a desk accidentally fires it, hitting another student.

#21  –  Wichita, Kan.

Wichita State University
Aug. 8, 2015

1 dead

Student Rayan Ibrahim Baba is fatally shot in campus parking lot.

#20  –  Converse, Texas

Elolf Elementary School
July 24, 2015

1 dead, 1 injured

Shots are fired in a school parking lot. Albert Nelson, 19, is killed and another teenager is wounded.

#19  –  Dallas, Texas

Coppell Middle School East
July 5, 2015

1 injured

An 18-year-old former high school student graduate is wounded while playing basketball on school grounds on a Sunday.

#18  –  Everglades City, Fla.

Everglades City School
May 27, 2015

1 injured

A man suffers a minor hand wound in a shooting behind the school.

#17  –  Flint, Mich.

Flint Southwestern Classical Academy
May 24, 2015

7 injured

Seven people are injured when shots are fired into a large crowd that had gathered on school grounds on a Sunday.

#16  –  Jacksonville, Fla.

Jacksonville school bus
May 12, 2015

2 injured

Two teenage girls are injured when a 16-year-old boy fires into a school bus carrying 30 students from three middle and high schools.

#15  –  Cleveland, Ohio

Willow Elementary School
May 4, 2015

1 dead, 1 injured

Pajo R. Barnes Jr., 22, is killed and another man in his late 20s wounded in a drive-by shooting at the school’s playground.

#14  –  Charlotte, N.C.

Johnson C. Smith University
April 19, 2015

1 injured

A male student is shot while sitting in a car on campus.

#13  –  Paradis, La.

J.B. Martin Middle School
April 16, 2015

1 injured

Police officer shot while directing traffic in a school zone.

#12  –  Goldsboro, N.C.

Wayne Community College
April 13, 2015

1 dead

School print shop operator Ron Lane is killed in the school library by a 20-year-old former student who also had worked for Lane.

#11  –  Beaver Falls, Pa.

Community College of Beaver County
April 2, 2015

1 injured

Student accidentally shoots himself.

#10  –  Jackson, Tenn.

Lane College
April 2, 2015

1 injured

Student shoots a gun while near a group of people hitting a fellow student in the thigh.

#9  –  University City, Mo.

Pershing Elementary School
March 30, 2015

1 injured

Man, 34, wounded in a dispute in a school parking lot.

#8  –  Daytona Beach, Fla.

Bethune-Cookman University
Feb. 23, 2015

3 injured

Three men grazed by bullets in parking lot near football team practice field.

#7  –  Little Rock, Ark.

Lawson Elementary School
Feb. 15, 2015

2 injured

Suspect shot two men in the school parking lot around 2 a.m. on a Sunday.

#6  –  Merced, Calif.

Tenaya Middle School
Feb. 15, 2015

1 dead

Benito Aguirre, 16, is killed in a school parking lot on a Sunday.

#5  –  Columbia, S.C.

University of South Carolina
Feb. 5, 2015

2 dead

Professor Raja Fayad is killed in a campus lab by ex-wife Sunghee Kwon, who then kills herself.

#4  –  Frederick, Md.

Frederick High School
Feb. 4, 2015

2 injured

A 14-year-old boy and 15-year-old boy were shot outside the school gym during a basketball game.

#3  –  Mobile, Ala.

Williamson High School
Jan. 20, 2015

1 injured

A passerby was shot as he passed a group of juveniles arguing at the school after a basketball game.

#2  –  Ocala, Fla.

Vanguard High School
Jan. 16, 2015

2 injured

One girl shot after basketball game, another hurt by flying glass.

#1  –  Milwaukee, Wisc.

Wisconsin Lutheran High School
Jan. 15, 2015

3 injured

A man wounded three people in a fight in the school parking lot after a dispute between two girls attending a basketball game escalated.

Where is our focus…on those acting out violently or is it on the objects they use?  What is your agency, school or university doing to not end up on any future lists. Let Keys’ help.


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