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Apr 16,2007
At least 32 dead at Virginia Tech
by UPI

BLACKSBURG, Va. - At least 32 people were killed and 15 injured in a hail of gunfire at Virginia Tech Monday in the worst school massacre in U.S. history.

The rapidly rising death toll included many students as well as the gunman, school spokesmen said.

"It is difficult to comprehend senseless violence on this scale," Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine said in a statement. A White House spokeswoman said President Bush was "horrified."

The first shooting was reported at 7:15 a.m. in West Ambler Johnston Hall, the largest dormitory on the Blacksburg, Va., campus, Virginia Tech President Charles Steger said.

About two hours later, shots rang out at Norris Hall. Engineering students were reportedly gunned down in classrooms by a gunman described by witnesses as heavily armed, Fox News reported.

It was not immediately known if the gunman was shot by police or by his own hand, police said.

The campus was placed on lockdown and students were told to stay indoors and away from all windows. By mid-afternoon, police were evacuating the campus and letting staff leave the secured area.

Local, county and state police as well as the FBI and Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents were at the scene.

Classes were canceled through Tuesday.

Copyright ©  2007, by United Press International. All Rights Reserved.

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  • Our prayers are with all of you touched by this sick and senseless mass killing.
  • (Posted on April 16, 2007, 2:36 pm Michelle)

  • James, please pull your head from your ass! Do you have ANY proof that the ASIAN shooter obtain his gun lawfully? If you think criminals buy their guns from wal-mart or gun stores your even more stupid then I originally thought. It’s JERKS like your self that use tragedies such as the one today to further their own anti-gun agenda. I’m sure your fellow libs will use this incident to adopt stricter gun laws in VA and possibly nationwide.
  • (Posted on April 16, 2007, 2:17 pm Clifford)

  • While I truly feel for the victims and their families, I can only wonder if this terrible tragedy would never have happened if not for lax gun laws that allow for criminals and deviants to easily get - and unfortunately kill with or cause harm with - guns.
  • (Posted on April 16, 2007, 1:32 pm James)

  • Our prayers go out to everyone in Blacksburg today. We are sorry for the senseless violence and killings that have taken place there. We grieve and mourn for your fellow lost students, friends, and family members.
  • (Posted on April 16, 2007, 12:52 pm Prineville, Oregon)

  • From Oregon...my prayers go out to all those at Virginia Tech and its community. I hope you and your families find strength from each other and God in getting through this life-altering tragic time. It could have been any of us, and I hope our nation comes together to get to the root of such a senseless act, and we look within ourselves and figure out what we can individually do to prevent such overwhelmingly tragic incidents in the future.
  • (Posted on April 16, 2007, 12:45 pm Jennifer Dauer)

  • How does a gunman manage to kill 32+ students before being killed himself? Maybe we should start allowing our young to carry handguns to school for their own protection? And God bless those families who lost their children to this wacko.
  • (Posted on April 16, 2007, 11:37 am Gary S.)

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