An official with knowledge of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., says at least 27 people are dead, including 20 children, making this the second-deadliest shooting in U.S. history.

So as news of the atrocity in Newton continues to trickle in, we thought it would be helpful to put everything into perspective [all graphs courtesy the Washington Post]: The Washington Post Details the Worst Shooting Sprees in U.S. History | Newton, Conn., & Other Shooting Sprees in History

Michael McLendon: 10 + Shooter dead

The Washington Post Details the Worst Shooting Sprees in U.S. History | Newton, Conn., & Other Shooting Sprees in History

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The Washington Post Details the Worst Shooting Sprees in U.S. History | Newton, Conn., & Other Shooting Sprees in History

‘The Dark Knight’ Massacre: 12

The Washington Post Details the Worst Shooting Sprees in U.S. History | Newton, Conn., & Other Shooting Sprees in History

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The Washington Post Details the Worst Shooting Sprees in U.S. History | Newton, Conn., & Other Shooting Sprees in History

Schizo-Army Vet Howard Unruh: 13

The Washington Post Details the Worst Shooting Sprees in U.S. History | Newton, Conn., & Other Shooting Sprees in History

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The Washington Post Details the Worst Shooting Sprees in U.S. History | Newton, Conn., & Other Shooting Sprees in History

The Ft. Hood Shooter: 13

The Washington Post Details the Worst Shooting Sprees in U.S. History | Newton, Conn., & Other Shooting Sprees in History

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The Washington Post Details the Worst Shooting Sprees in U.S. History | Newton, Conn., & Other Shooting Sprees in History

Jiverly Wong:13 + Shooter

The Washington Post Details the Worst Shooting Sprees in U.S. History | Newton, Conn., & Other Shooting Sprees in History

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The Washington Post Details the Worst Shooting Sprees in U.S. History | Newton, Conn., & Other Shooting Sprees in History

The Columbine Killers: 13 + 2 Shooters

The Washington Post Details the Worst Shooting Sprees in U.S. History | Newton, Conn., & Other Shooting Sprees in History

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The Washington Post Details the Worst Shooting Sprees in U.S. History | Newton, Conn., & Other Shooting Sprees in History

Going Postal (Pat Sherrill): 14 + Shooter

The Washington Post Details the Worst Shooting Sprees in U.S. History | Newton, Conn., & Other Shooting Sprees in History

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The Washington Post Details the Worst Shooting Sprees in U.S. History | Newton, Conn., & Other Shooting Sprees in History

Charles Whitman, the University of Texas Sniper: 16 + shooter

The Washington Post Details the Worst Shooting Sprees in U.S. History | Newton, Conn., & Other Shooting Sprees in History

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The Washington Post Details the Worst Shooting Sprees in U.S. History | Newton, Conn., & Other Shooting Sprees in History

The McDonald’s Killer: 21 + Shooter

The Washington Post Details the Worst Shooting Sprees in U.S. History | Newton, Conn., & Other Shooting Sprees in History

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The Washington Post Details the Worst Shooting Sprees in U.S. History | Newton, Conn., & Other Shooting Sprees in History

George Hennard: 23 + Shooter

The Washington Post Details the Worst Shooting Sprees in U.S. History | Newton, Conn., & Other Shooting Sprees in History

The Washington Post Details the Worst Shooting Sprees in U.S. History | Newton, Conn., & Other Shooting Sprees in History

The Virginia Tech Massacre: 32 + Shooter

The Washington Post Details the Worst Shooting Sprees in U.S. History | Newton, Conn., & Other Shooting Sprees in History

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["SOURCE: Associated Press and other news reports, Violence Policy Center, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. GRAPHIC: Bonnie Berkowitz, Alberto Cuadra, Cristina Rivero, Laura Stanton and Sisi Wei - The Washington Post. Published July 20, 2012. Updated on July 27, 2012 to add the 1949 shooting in Camden, N.J. ... Several of these gunmen killed other people in the hours or days preceeding their mass shootings."]