MAJOR SCHOOL SHOOTINGS IN THE UNITED STATES - MAJOR SCHOOL SHOOTINGS IN THE UNITED STATES - 2003 - 2004 School year
August 14, 2003: Columbus, GA
A 14-year-old female high school student, visiting her former teachers at a middle school, is shot and killed by a 13-year-old male in a wooded area behind the middle school School. Several youths went into the woods to see a fight between two boys, according to police, when one pulled out a gun and the observers fled and the female was shot.
August 19, 2003: Meraux, LA
A 39-year-old male was arrested after a man holding his 2-year-old son was shot to death and the child seriously wounded near a crowded school bus stop. The suspect reportedly grabbed a shotgun out of his car and started firing, according to police. Another man, who had taken his son to get on a bus, was wounded in the leg.
August 28, 2003: Coralville, IA
A 24-year-old man was shot and killed by police following a police chase onto an elementary school property. Students were still on playground at the time of the incident and three schools were subsequently called into a lockdown.
August 29, 2003: Georgetown, SC
A 22-year-old male was shot to death after an argument following a football game at Georgetown High School. Police say the fight started at the game, but that the victim was killed in a nearby shopping center parking lot.
September 4, 2003: Brighton, CO
A 15-year-old male was killed and his 16-year-old brother was injured in a shooting during school hours near Adams City High School, triggering the lockdown of schools in the area.
September 5, 2003: San Diego, CA
A 14-year-old boy jogging with his high school cross-country team is shot and killed in an ambush by his father, who then killed himself after a standoff with police.
September 10, 2003: Vicksburg, MS
A 20-year-old male high school junior was charged with murder for allegedly shooting a 20-year-old non-student once in the chest while on access road near the school's football field around 2:30pm while school was still in session.
September 10, 2003: Chicago, IL
A 16-year-old male was charged with killing a 16-year-old male Proviso East High School student. The victim was shot in the chest after leaving the school, which had been dismissed early for a staff development day.
September 10, 2003: Fort Worth, TX
A 16-year-old boy allegedly fatally shot a classmate, then dumped his body in a nearby construction site.
September 11, 2003: Tucson, AZ
A 17-year-old student at Tucson High Magnet School was shot and killed off campus near an underpass after school. A 15-year-old was also shot and treated. Police said the shooting may be gang-related.
September 16, 2003: Hopkinsville, KY
A 16-year-old girl fatally shot another teen and then killed herself as the two sat in a car parked at a shopping center across from their school.
September 24, 2003: Cold Spring, MN
A 15-year-old allegedly shot two students at Rocori High School. One student died the day of the shooting and the second shot student died in the hospital on October 10, 2003.
September 30, 2003: Sacramento, CA
A 15-year-old boy was shot to death after an argument near C.K. McClatchy High School as dozens of students watched the attack. Witnesses said the victim was standing near a sandwich shop a block from the school when he began arguing with another teenage boy who was exchanging insults with the girlfriend of the victim's best friend. A school resource officer ran to the victim and initiated CPR, but he was pronounced dead at UC Davis Medical Center.
October 23, 2003: Landover, MD
A man's body was found in the parking lot of an elementary school by a school maintenance worker at 6:00am. The victim had been shot multiple times. The elementary school was closed for the day and students were bused to a nearby high school to attend classes while police officials processed the crime scene.
October 30, 2003: Washington, DC
A 16-year-old, 11th-grade male student was shot and killed outside of the high school. The victim was shot by stray bullet from a 15-year-old male who reportedly was attempting to shoot at a vehicle containing members of a rival gang. A 15-year-old female was also shot in the wrist by a stray bullet.
November 4, 2003: Bexar County, TX
A 17-year-old male high school student was charged with murder for allegedly fatally shooting another 17-year-old male high school student during a street brawl that stemmed from a dispute that had started at Judson High School, according to reports. Police said that around 3:45pm, a group of 8 to 12 males rode their bikes after school to the home of the suspect and then ganged up on him near his home. As the group fought, a resident came out of his home and fired two rounds in the air from a rifle in order to frighten the fighters. The resident put down the gun and the group went to beat up the resident, during which time the suspect reportedly picked up the rifle and fired a shot, hitting the victim in the stomach.
November 6, 2003: San Francisco, CA
A 15-year-old male high school student on the way to an after-school job was shot and killed two blocks from the school on a city bus by a 16-year-old male. The victim was reportedly an innocent bystander. The suspect allegedly fired at someone else during a fight between students from two separate high schools on the bus but the bullet struck the victim in the face. School officials from both schools subsequently canceled weekend football games in fear of retaliation.
November 8, 2003: Sugar Land, TX
A 17-year-old female high school student, an innocent bystander, was shot and killed as a fight broke out at the side of a stadium at a high school football game. A 21-year-old male was subsequently arrested and charged.
November 10, 2003: Buffalo, NY
A teenage male was shot and killed in the back parking lot of Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School around 4:00pm. All students were gone but a teacher still working inside heard at least three shots, looked outside, and observed the victim laying in the lot next to his car.
December 2, 2003: Chicago, IL
A Chicago police officer shot and killed an 18-year-old male after the suspect refused to put down his revolver after being stopped on the playground of Fermi elementary school at 9:40pm. Police reportedly found five bags of crack cocaine, one bag of suspected marijuana, and $260 in the suspect's pocket. Police were said to be on alert in the area because of several recent shooting incidents.
January 21, 2004: Henderson, NV
Police shot and killed a 40-year-old male gunman outside an elementary school after he allegedly shot a hostage in a car and walked through the campus searching for his ex-girlfriend. School administrators said 27 children were in an after-school program for kindergarten through 5th graders when the gunman at the time of the incident around 4:50pm. Police said the gunman went through the campus but did not find his ex-girlfriend, who reportedly had been at the school picking up a child.
February 2, 2004: Washington, DC
A 17-year-old male high school student died after being shot several times in the chest around 10:30am near the school's cafeteria. An 18-year-old student was also grazed in the leg by a bullet. All individuals involved were believed to be students according to initial reports.
February 11, 2004: Philadelphia, PA
A 10-year-old male elementary school student was shot in the face and died after five days in the hospital as one group of men in a car and another group on foot exchanged gunfire outside a Philadelphia elementary school around 8:30am. A 56-year-old female school crossing guard was also shot in the foot. Police said the guard acted heroically to scurry children across the street as bullets were flying and children were on the playground.
February 20, 2004: St. Martinville, LA
A 41-year-old part-time city police officer, who was also a school custodian at a city junior high school, allegedly called his 19-year-old girlfriend outside of her father's church and school where she worked, and then shot her to death around 11:15am. The victim was reportedly shot several times, just feet from the school full of children, who stood in a doorway crying and holding on to each other.
March 17, 2004: Joyce, WA
A 13-year-old male student shot and killed himself in a school classroom where about 20 other students were present. The male reportedly brought a .22-caliber rifle hidden in a guitar case and pulled it out without notice or threat to others, shooting himself in the chest at around 10:00am. The student had been in the back corner of the classroom for about two hours before the incident, according to the superintendent.
April 23, 2004: Tampa, FL
A 54-year-old female custodian was found dead at her new job at a middle school. She was found in a classroom by another custodian around 7:35pm that evening. She was alive but efforts to revive her were unsuccessful and she was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said the victim suffered upper body injuries and that she was not shot, but they were still attempting to identify the weapon/method used in the attack. A 36-year-old male registered sex offender was later arrested and charged.
May 24, 2004: Salt Lake City, UT
A 39-year-old female high school cafeteria worker was shot in the chest and head as she walked out of the faculty parking lot at the school around 6:00am. The suspect, her 52-year-old estranged husband, reportedly then shot and killed himself with one shot to the head. The suspect reportedly had walked up to the victim after she got out of her vehicle in the faculty parking lot and a struggle ensued after the male pulled out the gun. Both bodies were found on a grassy area in front of the school's faculty parking lot. Police cordoned off the area as students arrived and held up sheets to block their view before the bodies were removed by the medical examiner's office. Police later said the couple was in the process of a divorce. Counselors were made available at the school, which is located near downtown Salt Lake City.