WE will never know why evil Thomas Hamilton stormed Dunblane Primary School and shot dead 16 pupils and their teacher.
The Year 1 children, who were all aged between five and six, were about to start their PE lesson when tragedy struck.
Who were the victims of the Dunblane massacre?
Gwen was 45-year-old Scottish primary school teacher.
She was the mother to two daughters – Esther and Debbie – and the wife of Rodney Mayor.
They lived a happy life in the sleepy town of Dunblane
She taught Primary 1 at Dunblane Primary School in 1996 and had 28 pupils in her class.
Gwen died tried to save her pupils from Hamilton's attack
Abigail McLellan – aged 5
Victoria Clydesdale – aged 5
Sophie North – aged 5
Ross Irvine – aged 5
Mhairi MacBeath – aged 5
Melissa Currie – aged 5
Megan Turner – aged 5
Kevin Hassell – aged 5
John Petrie – aged 5
Joanna Ross – aged 5
Hannah Scott – aged 5
Emma Crozier – aged 5
Emily Morten – aged 5
David Kerr – aged 5
Charlotte Dunn – aged 5
Brett McKinnon – aged 6
What happened in the Dunblane massacre and when was it?
The Dunblane Massacre remains the deadliest mass shooting in British history.
On March 13, 1996, a gunman broke into a primary school in the small Scottish town of Dunblane and killed 16 young children and their teacher before turning the gun on himself.
The murderer was named as Thomas Hamilton, a resident of the small town.
On the day of the killings, he drove into the car park at 9.30am and proceeded to cut cables on a telephone pole.
He then entered the school carrying four handguns and 743 rounds of ammunition.
Hamilton entered the school gym, where Year 1 students had just arrived for a PE class with their teacher Gwen Mayor.
He immediately opened fire, killing Mayor instantly and wounding two other teachers who were present in the gym.
While most children were dragged into a store cupboard for safety by their teachers, Hamilton fired 16 shots at point-blank range at a group of children who had been injured by his previous shots.
After 5 minutes of carnage Hamilton then turned a gun on himself.
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