Monday, April 16, 2007

Virginia Tech Shooting Update

The death toll is up to at least 31 people who were killed today (Mon. 4-16-07) in a shooting rampage at Virginia Tech -- making it the deadliest school shooting incident in U.S. history.

The coverage all morning has been hectic and there is little good information on the event. Here's what we know so far:
  • The apparent sociopathic killer is dead, it's not known whether police killed him or if he killed himself. (My guess is going to be that he killed himself).

  • Some victims were trapped and shot in a classroom.

  • Spokespersons for hospitals in Roanoke, Christiansburg, Blacksburg and Salem told CNN they were treating 29 people from the shootings.

  • One person was killed and others were wounded at multiple locations inside a dormitory about 7:15 a.m.
  • Two hours later (my emphasis added), another shooting at the engineering science and mechanics building resulted in multiple casualties.

  • Per procedure, police were challenging students, ordering them to put their hands up with the threat of being shot in case the shooter was trying to hide among them.

  • Many students were "locked down" inside class rooms during the incident.

  • Three days ago, on Friday, a bomb threat forced the cancellation of classes in three buildings. Also, the 100,000-square-foot Torgersen Hall was evacuated April 2 after police received a written bomb threat. It's unknown at this time if the incidents are related. (It wouldn't be a bad guess to surmise that these incidents were related and the criminal will ultimately be found to be an anti-social, disgruntled student).



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