The Texas church shooting will be the fifth-worst in recent history – and three of the deadliest shootings of the past 35 years have occurred in the past 18 months

Twenty six people were killed when a gunman opened fire in a church in Texas on Sunday. The violence is consistent with a trend in recent US history – mass shootings have become more frequent and more deadly.

If the number of fatalities remains at 26, Sunday’s shooting will be the fifth-worst mass shooting in recent history. Three of the deadliest shootings of the past 35 years have occurred in the past 18 months.

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