22 **** in Va. Tech **** rampage
Posted By: Candice Johnson on April 16, 2007 |
22 **** in Va. Tech **** rampage
**** shot people in a dorm, second building; suspect among ****
BLACKSBURG, Va. - A **** opened fire in a dorm and classroom at Virginia Tech on Monday, **** 21 people in the deadliest campus **** in U.S. history. The **** also was ****.
“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 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.
Some but not all the **** were students. One student was **** in a dorm and the others were **** in the classroom, said Virginia Tech Police Chief W.R. Flinchum.
The name of the **** was not released. It was not known if he was a student.
NBC's Pete Williams said two law enforcement officials told him the **** **** himself. They also said the **** used two 9-mm handguns during the rampage, Williams reported. He said the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms was trying to track the weapons.
Up until Monday, the deadliest campus **** 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 **** 16 people before he was gunned down by police. In the Columbine High bloodbath near Littleton, Colo., in 1999, two teenagers **** 12 fellow students and a teacher before taking their own lives.
After Monday’s shootings at Virginia Tech, all entrances to the campus were closed.
The university set up a meeting place for families to reunite with their children at the Inn at Virginia Tech. It also made counselors available and planned a convocation for Tuesday at the Cassell Coliseum basketball arena.
After the shootings, students were told to stay inside away from the windows.
“There’s just a lot of commotion. It’s hard to tell exactly what’s going on,” said Jason Anthony Smith, 19, who lives in the dorm where **** took place.
Aimee Kanode, a freshman from Martinsville, said the **** 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 **** shot again.”
“We’re all locked in our dorms surfing the Internet trying to figure out what’s going on,” Kanode said.
Madison Van Duyne, a student who was interviewed by telephone on CNN, said, “We are all in lockdown. Most of the students are sitting on the floors away from the windows just trying to be as safe as possible.”
Police said there had been **** threats on campus over the past two weeks but they had not determined a link to the shootings.
It was second time in less than a year that the campus was closed because of a ****.
In August 2006, the opening day of classes was canceled and the campus closed when an escaped jail inmate allegedly **** a hospital guard off campus and fled to the Tech area. A sheriff’s deputy involved in the manhunt was **** on a trail just off campus.
The accused ****, William Morva, faces capital **** charges.
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This is just another reason why we should always consider someone elses feelings before we speak.
Monday, April 16th 2007 at 5:53PM
clara atwaterI just hate that he killed himself now we will never know WHY and really for them to heal they need to know WHY.
Clark Atlanta University class of 2011
Tuesday, April 17th 2007 at 12:37PM
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