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Apr 16,2007
33 dead in Virginia Tech shootings
by UPI

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech officials confirmed 33 deaths in two shooting incidents Monday on the Blacksburg, Va., campus in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

A gunman opened fire about 7:15 a.m. in Ambler Johnson Hall, killing two people. Two hours later, a gunman invaded Norris Hall where engineering classes were under way, killing 31 others, including himself. Fifteen people were reported injured.

Wendell Flinchum, head of the campus police force, said it still is unclear whether the two incidents were related but no search is under way for a second gunman and no arrests have been made. Flinchum said the campus was not shut down immediately after the first shooting because investigators were convinced the gunman had left the area. He has yet to be identified.

Flinchum said the Norris Hall victims were found in different locations. Doors in the building had been chained shut to prevent people from escaping.

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine cut a foreign trade trip to Japan short to rush back to Virginia. He declared a state of emergency to free up resources for the investigation.

"It is difficult to comprehend senseless violence on this scale," Kaine said in a statement.

President Bush pledged the full resources of the federal government for the investigation.

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.

Classes were canceled through Tuesday.

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

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  • The Virginia killings should also be taken under the light of recent Alqaida threats through which Osama’s henchmen had threatened to attack U.S. anywhere, anytime, etc. ( http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=52018 ). Moreover the style of killing the campus inmates, by ordering them to stand up in a linear form, as reported by the media, and then shooting down all of the, reminds the identical-style killings that took place in Iraq in the recent past. The 19th century English poet, Alfred Tennyson, about the terrorism, had very rightly written about the designs of the terrorists, and the befitting reply that they deserve with. Tennyson had said : HE THAT RULES ONLY BY TERROR DOETH GRIEVOUS WRONG ---DEEP AS HELL I COUNT HIS ERROR, LET HIM HEAR MY SONG.
  • (Posted on April 17, 2007, 6:40 am G. S. JOHAR)

  • What a tragedy... I am at a loss for words right now. Our thoughts prayers go out to those familes and students affected by this sad day. My condolences to those who have lost a loved one.
  • (Posted on April 16, 2007, 6:22 pm Torrie)

  • Only a matter of time before the gun control nuts start crawling out from under their rocks and start looking for a gun store to blame for this guy going ape and killing 33 people, then offing himself. Bad guns... They just climb all over the place killing people without human influence...
  • (Posted on April 16, 2007, 5:22 pm ron jones)

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