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Death Toll Rises to 32 in Virginia Tech Campus ShootingsSalem-News.com
This is being called the worst shooting of any kind in American history.
(BLACKSBURG, Va.) - Updated: Death Count at Virginia Tech rises to 33 Including Gunman Two shootings on the Virginia Tech campus today have left 32 dead, including students government officals said.
In addition, police say 28 people were injured, four are in critical condition.
There are unconfirmed reports that the suspect was a young Asian-American male, who was looking for his girlfriend.
It is not clear if the gunman killed himself, or if he was killed by police.
There are media reports that police have recovered two 9-MM handguns, a 22-caliber handgun, and multiple magazines used by the suspect during the rampage.
NBC is reporting that the suspect may have chained the doors to the buildings closed during the shootings.
Families wishing to reunite with students are suggested to meet at the Inn at Virginia Tech.
The university is planning a convocation for Tuesday at noon at Cassell Coliseum for the university community to come together to begin to deal with the tragedy.
Counseling is available in the Bowman Room in the Merriman Center (part of the athletic complex) for employees who seek assistance following today’s events.
All faculty and staff have been released and asked to go home effective immediately.
The university will open tomorrow at 8:00 AM but classes are cancelled.
The college is currently in the process of notifying families of victims.
The Virginia Tech Police are being assisted by numerous other jurisdictions.
Crime scenes are being investigated by the FBI, University Police, and State Police.
At about 7:15 AM this morning a 911 call came to the University Police Department concerning an event in West Ambler Johnston Hall. There were multiple shooting victims.
While in the process of investigating, about two hours later the university received reports of a shooting in Norris Hall.
The police immediately responded. Victims have been transported to various hospitals in the immediate area in the region to receive emergency treatment.
Opening day in August 2006 will always be remembered as the day when an escaped jail inmate allegedly killed a hospital guard off campus and fled to the university. A sheriff's deputy died involved in the manhunt just off campus.
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