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VA University Shootings Leave At Least 20 Dead

From the AFP:


Shooting spree on US campus leaves at least 20 dead

At least 20 people were shot dead at a Virginia University Monday in one of the deadliest school massacres in US history.

“We have a ballpark figure on fatalities. It’s at least 20 fatalities,” Virginia Tech Police Chief Wendell Flinchum told reporters.

One of the dead was the gunman, but Flinchum had no information as to whether he killed himself or had been killed by others.

“At this time we believe it was only one gunman,” Flinchum said. “He is deceased.

The university in Blacksburg, in western Virginia, was locked down as police combed the campus after shootings in two separate buidings, which went well beyond the toll of 15 dead in a shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999.

University president Charels Steger called the shootings a tragedy of “monumental proportion.”

“The university is shocked and indeed horrified that this would befall us,” he said at a press conference hours after the morning shootings.

Gunfire first broke out earlier Monday in a residence on the campus of Virginia Tech, a university of about 25,000 students located some 425 kilometers (264 miles) southwest of Washington.

Gunfire was then also heard in a second building, called the Norris Hall.

“Those on campus are asked to remain where they are, lock their doors and stay away from windows,” the university initially announced before it began evacuating the students and faculty in waves.

Entrances to the campus were meanwhile closed as television images showed heavily armed police rushing across the school grounds in a light snowfall…

Here we go again. 

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, April 16th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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