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Another sad day...
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Monday, 16 April 2007 05:34

During the early morning hours of Monday, April 16, 2007, someone opened fire at Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, Virginia. VTs Advisory contains information for students and their families. Per a statement by President, Charles W Steger, officials are presently notifying next of kin of the victims.

The first 911 call was made at 7:15 AM from Ambler Johnston Hall. Two hours later, more gunshots were reported coming from Norris Hall, initially giving some the impression that several gunmen were involved. Early reports indicated the gunman was a heavily armed "Asian man looking for his girlfriend" with supporting footage of a young Asian man being detained.

It appears however there was a single gunman and according to the MSM, 54 were shot with a confirmed death toll of 32 33, including the shooter. At this time, it is unclear whether the gunman was shot and killed by agents on the scene or whether he committed suicide. The assailant allegedly had two 9-mm Glock pistols and a light-weight ammo vest filled with several 17-round magazines.

While students attempt to grapple with the violence that struck their peaceful campus by providing updates and posting to message boards (h/t to Dan Riehl), MSM is doing what it usually does: requesting footage of the gore. As the initial shock begins to fade, various pundits will proffer motivational theories, while others will point to this tragedy as yet another strong argument for stricter gun control. And still others will proclaim they found the gunman's myspace or xanga page.

In the mean time, the survivors and town will be left with unanswered questions, as they pore over the gunman's past, attempting to determine what triggered the shooters deadly march. And others will wonder how one gunman managed to shoot two people in Ambler Johnston Hall, then saunter over to Norris Hall two hours later to kill 30 individuals in one of the bloodiest shooting massacres that the United States has ever witnessed. Whatever the outcome, one thing that seems rather clear: somebody dropped the ball.

Related/Relevant:
Gunman kills 32 at Virginia Tech before being killed

President Steger Podcasts:
Monday, 12:00
Monday, 16:30

Virginia Tech Blog:
Tragedy at Virginia Tech

 

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