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Apr-16-2007 10:28printcomments

Virginia Tech Campus Shootings Leave 22 Dead; Gunman Killed

This is being called the worst shooting of any kind in American history.

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Some of the students were shot in Virginia Tech's Norris Hall
Photo: Virginia Tech

(BLACKSBURG, Va) - Two shootings on the Virginia Tech campus today have left 22 confirmed dead, including students.

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.

There are media reports that the gunman used two 9-MM handguns during the rampage.

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.

Media outlets are reporting the name of the accused gunman as William Morva.

See the other Salem-News.com reports on the Virginia Tech school shooting:




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Jon April 18, 2007 5:31 pm (Pacific time)

God bless all these poor souls


Debra P. Jones April 16, 2007 11:46 pm (Pacific time)

My deepest sympathy goes out to the families of this tragety. My prayers of peace and comfort go out too.


john April 16, 2007 8:34 pm (Pacific time)

my consolations to all the family's of this unfortunate events. May God be with you all


Bobby Holland April 16, 2007 2:47 pm (Pacific time)

God Help the families of the students of VA Tech. They will be in our prayers at Northeastern State University of Oklahoma

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