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Old 04-16-2007, 12:22 PM
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Sounds like some students shot a VT. God bless them. Absolutely terriable.
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According to FoxNews, 1 shot and killed and 17 wounded. They apparently have one person in custody.
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At least 20 dead? WOW! Also hear 1 shooter is DEAD! Some good news.
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My roommate had class in Holden which is the building next to Norris at Va Tech. Said that he herd atleast 30 shots and saw people jumping out of windows in NOrris. I was relieved when he got home. He thought they were shooting concrete nails nextdoor until he saw the police storm in then said they carried a body out that was cleary deceased and stripping to his boxers which he thinks was the shooter.
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No reporting 22 dead including the gunman and 21 wounded.
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Hopes and prayers go out to THT members with children there. Tragic day, to say the least.
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I think there is a least one THT member that is a student there currently. redneck7 I think?
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Unreal...thats very sad.
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Here...don't know what to think about this. Everyone I know of is ok, but obviously not everyone is alright. Local news is reporting "up to 28 dead, at least 22"

Sad day.
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redneck7 - 4/16/2007 1:19 PM

Here...don't know what to think about this. Everyone I know of is ok, but obviously not everyone is alright. Local news is reporting "up to 28 dead, at least 22"

Sad day.
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Glad to hear you're alright. Very sad day indeed.
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Thoughts and Prayers for the victims and their families.
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This is horrible. Fearful for the parents I know with kids there. Can't imagine what they are doing now.

What would make a person do such a thing?
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GWcpa - 4/16/2007 1:43 PM

This is horrible. Fearful for the parents I know with kids there. Can't imagine what they are doing now.

What would make a person do such a thing?
God bless them.

Updated:2007-04-16 13:35:37
Gunman Kills 21 People at Virginia Tech
Campus Rampage Is Deadliest in U.S. History
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BLACKSBURG, Va. (April 16) - A gunman opened fire in a dorm and classroom at Virginia Tech on Monday, killing 21 people in the deadliest campus shooting rampage in U.S. history. The gunman was killed, bringing to death toll to 22, but it was unclear if he was shot by police or took his own life.



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"Today the university was struck with a tragedy that we consider of monumental proportions," said Virginia Tech president Charles Steger. "The university is shocked and indeed horrified."

The name of the gunman was not immediately released, and investigators offered no motive for the attack. It was not immediately known if the gunman was a student.

The bloodbath took place at opposite sides of the 2,600-acre campus, beginning at about 7:15 a.m. at West Ambler Johnston, a co-ed dormitory that houses 895 people, and continuing about two hours later at Norris Hall, an engineering building, authorities said. Police said they were still investigating the shooting at the dorm when they got word of the gunfire at the classroom building.

Some of the dead were students. One student was killed in the dorm, and the others were killed in the classroom, Virginia Tech Police Chief W.R. Flinchum.

Up until Monday, the deadliest campus shooting in U.S. history was a rampage that took place in 1966 at the University of Texas at Austin, where Charles Whitman climbed the clock tower and opened fire with a rifle from the 28th-floor observation deck. He killed 16 people before he was shot to death by police. In the Columbine High bloodbath near Littleton, Colo., in 1999, two teenagers killed 12 fellow students and a teacher before taking their own lives.
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What would make a person do such a thing?
Don't you know it's in vogue now. Not that I'm waiting or anything, but I'm surprise no one has raise the bar to hundreds dead!

Yah just got ta feel for all the families and students involved. God be with them!
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Now they are up to 32 dead......may God have mercy on their souls and provide some comfort to the families.
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Tireless - 4/16/2007 1:55 PM

Now they are up to 32 dead......may God have mercy on their souls and provide some comfort to the families.
You know, it's funny, yesterday my preacher made the comment that some 90% of Americans believe in God, but less than 50% believe in Satan or the Devil or whatever your term of choice is.

Seems we got our proof today. I hope the shooter enjoys the rest of eternity with his father.
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How the hell did it take the cops two hours to respond to the first shooting? Why was the campus not locked down to prevent the tragedy that followed? Maybe these questions will be answered later.

COMPLETE COVERAGE: At least 22 dead in Virginia Tech shooting

Date created: 4/16/2007 10:39:45 AM
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BLACKSBURG, Va. - A gunman killed at least 21 people in at least two shootings at Virginia Tech University this morning, campus police and officials said. It is the deadliest campus shooting in U.S. history.

The gunman also is dead, although police are not sure at this hour whether he was shot by officers or took his own life. Many more people appear to be injured; Roanoke television station WSLS reported 28 people were being treated at area hospitals.

High winds in the area made it impossible to fly emergency medical helicopters to the scene.

"Today the university was struck with a tragedy that we consider of monumental proportions," said university president Charles Steger. He said the suspected gunman "is deceased. There are multiple fatalities."

"The university is shocked and indeed horrified," he said.

The university reported shootings at opposite sides of the 2,600-acre campus, beginning at about 7:15 a.m. at West Ambler Johnston, a co-ed residence hall that houses 895 people, and continuing about two hours later at Norris Hall, an engineering building.

University Police Chief Finchum said the gunman walked into at least one classroom at the engineering building and opened fire. All but one of the fatalities were at the second shooting, he said.

"At this time,we believe there is only one gunman, yes. He is deceased," Finchum told reporters. "We do not know if the shooter was a student or not."

The university told students to stay inside and away from windows as police swept the campus and worked to establish whether the gunman acted alone.

Up until Monday, the deadliest campus shooting in U.S. history took place in 1966 at the University of Texas, where Charles Whitman climbed to the 28th-floor observation deck of a clock tower and opened fire. He killed 16 people before he was gunned down by police. In the Columbine High bloodbath near Littleton, Colo., in 1999, two teenagers killed 12 fellow students and a teacher before taking their own lives.

On the website, Tech reported the shootings at opposite sides of the 2,600-acre campus at West Ambler Johnston, a co-ed residence hall that houses 895 people, and said there were "multiple victims" at Norris Hall, an engineering building. All entrances to the campus were closed and classes canceled through Tuesday.

CNN broadcast a video, shot on a cellphone by a passerby of police entering Norris Hall. At least 28 shots could be heard on the video.

"There's just a lot of commotion. It's hard to tell exactly what's going on," said student Jason Anthony Smith, 19, who lives in the dorm where shooting took place.

Aimee Kanode, a freshman from Martinsville, said the shooting happened on the 4th floor of West Ambler Johnston dormitory, one floor above her room. Kanode's resident assistant knocked on her door about 8 a.m. to notify students to stay put.

"They had us under lockdown," Kanode said. "They temporarily lifted the lockdown, the gunman shot again."

"We're all locked in our dorms surfing the Internet trying to figure out what's going on," Kanode said.

Thomas LaBella, a 20-year-old electrial engineering major from Onancoke, Va., was at a class in Randolph Hall -- next to Norris Hall -- when the attack took place.

"Some staff came in around 9:30 (a.m.) and told us there had been a shooting and that we should stay put," LaBella said. "They said we should stay in the classroom and stay away from the windows. ... We were kept there until about 12:30 or 12:45."

No one in his class heard the shooting, LaBella said. He spent much of the morning exchanging text messages with friends, exchanging rumors about what was happening. Once outside, he said, "there weren't many people walking around."

Dormitories were on "lockdown," he said. To enter, students must swipe their identification cards to unlock the doors. Normally, the dormitoriess are only locked down at night, he said.

President Bush "was horrified" by the news of the shooting, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said. Bush's "thoughts and prayers" are with the victims and their families, she said.

It was second time in less than a year that the campus was closed because of a shooting.

In August 2006, the opening day of classes was canceled and the campus closed when an escaped jail inmate allegedly killed a hospital guard off campus and fled to the Tech area. A sheriff's deputy involved in the manhunt was killed on a trail just off campus.

The accused gunman, William Morva, faces capital murder charges.

Up until Monday, the deadliest campus shooting in U.S. history took place in 1966 at the University of Texas, where Charles Whitman climbed to the 28th-floor observation deck of a clock tower and opened fire. He killed 16 people before he was gunned down by police. In the Columbine High bloodbath near Littleton, Colo., in 1999, two teenagers killed 12 fellow students and a teacher before taking their own lives.

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Columbine shooting 9 years ago this week. WTF.
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My prayers to the victims and families. Currently, 32 dead, 28 in hospital, some still in surgery. Two , 9MM hand guns recovered.


Freebird.... Although not on a campus, George Menard on 10/16/91, in Killean TX, killed 23 and wounded 20 at a restaurant. The media tends to build it up more when a school is involved but a mass murderer is a mass murderer, no matter where the incidents took place.

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nj ron - 4/16/2007 3:34 PM

My prayers to the victims and families. Currently, 32 dead, 28 in hospital, some still in surgery. Two , 9MM hand guns recovered.


Freebird.... Although not on a campus, George Menard on 10/16/91, in Killean TX, killed 23 and wounded 20 at a restaurant. The media tends to build it up more when a school is involved but a mass murderer is a mass murderer, no matter where the incidents took place.

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Ron, I agree a tragedy is a tragedy. The reference to the campus killings was that of the article, not mine.

Let's face it, loss of life is always more tragic when our youth is involved. Talk to any EMT who pulls the body a three year old out of a car hit by a drunk driver and I think you'll understand.

Either way, this was a senseless act, and these families are worthy of our prayers. The fact the gunman is dead is much better than the reality of this case taking several years to come to an end with a punishment hopefully befitting the crime. If nothing else, the families won't have to endure any defense of the loss of their loved ones.
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