Monday, April 16, 2007

33 killed at Virginia Tech in worst rampage in U.S. history

I live in Virginia, I'm Hokie Fan, friends who are graduates...It was a shock to hear.

An unknown gunman opened fire today in a dorm and classroom at Virginia Tech. 33 people have been murdered, the gunman, who shot himself in the face, and is currently unknown, ended the killing by seemingly killing himself.

"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."

A list of victims is not expected to be released until Tuesday at the earliest, as authorities are currently identifying the dead, and notifying there families.

Authorities have stated that they are currently investigating motives, and believe that the first shooting was ‘domestic’. At this point they’re not sure if the gunman was a student at Virginia Tech.

2 of the killers victims were killed in West Amber Johnson Dormitory, and 30 more were murdered in an attack that occurred two hours later in Norris Hall. In addition to those killed inside the walls of Norris Hall, 15 more people were wounded.

The AP reported panic and confusion spreading throughout the campus, witnesses reported students jumping out of classroom windows to escape bullets flying through the classroom.

SWAT Team members armored with flak jackets, assault rifles and helmets spread out across the campus, while students and staff members personally assisted in brining their wounded out of the building to wait for ambulances to arrive on the scene.

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