Monday, April 16, 2007

Tragedy at Virginia Tech

This is still a developing story, but the Virginia Tech police chief has confirmed that there has been a massive school shooting killing at least 22, including the gunman, at the University earlier this morning.

"Some victims were shot in a classroom," Chief Wendell Flinchum said, adding that the gunman was dead.

"Today the university was struck with a tragedy that we consider of monumental proportions," said university President Charles Steger. "The university is shocked and indeed horrified."

This is being called one of the worst school shooting since the horrible actions taken by Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris in 1999 when they killed 12 students and a teacher before killing themselves at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado.

The first reported shooting occurred at West Ambler Johnston Hall, a co-ed dormitory that houses 895 students. The dormitory, one of the largest residence halls on the 2,600-acre campus, is located near the drill field and stadium.

Amie Steele, editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper, said one of her reporters at the dormitory reported "mass chaos."

"It was kind of scary," he said. "These two kids I guess had panicked and jumped out of the top story window and the one kid broke his ankle and the other girl was not in good shape just lying on the ground."

It is being called the deadliest shooting in American History.


The number of confirmed dead has risen, the count is now at 25 according to ABC News. Also coming curtesy of is this picture of 4 policemen carrying an unidentified individual who has tattered clothing covered in blood. I'm not 100% sure but I would wager that that is the killer. (Pic is above)

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