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Shooting on Virginia Tech Campus... at least 32 reported dead

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  1. cowboyfan4life_mark

    cowboyfan4life_mark 5 outta 8 ain't bad

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    Please move as you see fit.

    Just saw on Headline News that a gunman went on a shooting rampage and right now there are reports of "around" twenty dead.

    For all of those that have friends or family there, hoping they are OK.

    EDIT: Report now says 22 dead including gunman.
  2. VA Cowboy

    VA Cowboy Benched

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    I was there about 2 weeks ago. Really hard to believe.

    They also had an incident back in the fall with a gunmen loose on campus. This is bizarre.
  3. RealCowboyfan

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    According to channel 5 Fox News.
  4. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - A gunman opened fire in a dorm and classroom at Virginia Tech on Monday, killing 21 people and wounding another 21 before he was killed, police said.

    On the Web site, Tech reported the shootings at opposite sides of the 2,600-acre campus at West Ambler Johnston, a co-ed residence hall that houses 895 people, and said there were "multiple victims" at Norris Hall, an engineering building.

    All entrances to the campus were closed and classes canceled through Tuesday.

    "There's just a lot of commotion. It's hard to tell exactly what's going on," said student Jason Anthony Smith, 19, who lives in the dorm where shooting took place.

    Aimee Kanode, a freshman from Martinsville, said the shooting happened on the 4th floor of West Ambler Johnston dormitory, one floor above her room. Kanode's resident assistant knocked on her door about 8 a.m. to notify students to stay put.

    "They had us under lockdown," Kanode said. "They temporarily lifted the lockdown, the gunman shot again."

    "We're all locked in our dorms surfing the Internet trying to figure out what's going on," Kanode said.

    Madison Van Duyne, a student who was interviewed by telephone on CNN, said, "We are all in lockdown. Most of the students are sitting on the floors away from the windows just trying to be as safe as possible."

    It was second time in less than a year that the campus was closed because of a shooting.

    In August 2006, the opening day of classes was canceled and the campus closed when an escaped jail inmate allegedly killed a hospital guard off campus and fled to the Tech area. A sheriff's deputy involved in the manhunt was killed on a trail just off campus.

    The accused gunman, William Morva, faces capital murder charges.
  5. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    BLACKSBURG, Va. - A gunman opened fire in a dorm and classroom at Virginia Tech on Monday, killing 21 people and wounding another 21 before he was killed, police said.

    "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."

    The university reported shootings at opposite sides of the 2,600-acre campus, beginning at about 7:15 a.m. at West Ambler Johnston, a co-ed residence hall that houses 895 people, and continuing about two hours later at Norris Hall, an engineering building.

    One student was killed in a dorm and the others were killed in the classroom, Virginia Tech Police Chief W.R. Flinchum.

    After the shootings, all entrances to the campus were closed and classes canceled through Tuesday.

    "There's just a lot of commotion. It's hard to tell exactly what's going on," said Jason Anthony Smith, 19, who lives in the dorm where shooting took place.

    Aimee Kanode, a freshman from Martinsville, said the shooting happened on the 4th floor of West Ambler Johnston dormitory, one floor above her room. Kanode's resident assistant knocked on her door about 8 a.m. to notify students to stay put.

    "They had us under lockdown," Kanode said. "They temporarily lifted the lockdown, the gunman shot again."

    "We're all locked in our dorms surfing the Internet trying to figure out what's going on," Kanode said.

    Madison Van Duyne, a student who was interviewed by telephone on CNN, said, "We are all in lockdown. Most of the students are sitting on the floors away from the windows just trying to be as safe as possible."

    It was second time in less than a year that the campus was closed because of a shooting.

    In August 2006, the opening day of classes was canceled and the campus closed when an escaped jail inmate allegedly killed a hospital guard off campus and fled to the Tech area. A sheriff's deputy involved in the manhunt was killed on a trail just off campus.

    The accused gunman, William Morva, faces capital murder charges.
  6. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    I hope our buddy vthokie is ok :eek:

    All I can say is WOW
  7. AbeBeta

    AbeBeta Well-Known Member

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    Terrible.
  8. RealCowboyfan

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    17 Students just was rushed to the hospital in the last 20 minutes.
  9. adamknite

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    just saw this on msn.com..... wow.... My prayers go out to those students families.
  10. cowboyfan4life_mark

    cowboyfan4life_mark 5 outta 8 ain't bad

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    In another thread on the main board, an article like that is in that thread.

    Somehow, I don't recall the excaped convict story.

    They said that they are investigating whether the gunman shot himself or not.
  11. fanfromvirginia

    fanfromvirginia Inconceivable!

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    My alma mater. Don't know what to say.
  12. VA Cowboy

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    http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=3045574

    DAVID SCHOETZ, NED POTTER, and the staff of ABC News

    Apr. 16, 2007— At least 29 people are dead in what may be the biggest mass killing on a college campus in American history — and the death toll may rise.

    Police at Virginia Tech, in Blaksburg, Va., said that the shootings happened at a dormitory and a classroom on opposite sides of the university campus.

    Law enforcement sources tell ABC News the shooting may have been set off by an off-campus incident.

    Virginia Tech Police Chief Wendell Flinchum said that one person was killed in the first shooting, which occurred just after 7 a.m. at West Ambler Johnston Hall, a large dormitory. Flinchum said that at least 20 more people were killed at Norris Hall, an academic building.

    The gunman, whose identity has not been released, is among the dead. Flinchum wouldn't say whether the shooter had killed himself.

    ABC News has confirmed that there were two separate bomb threats last week at Virginia Tech that targeted engineering buildings. The first was directed at Torgersen Hall, while the second was directed at multiple engineering buildings. Students and staff were evacuated, and the university had offered a $5,000 reward for information into the threats.

    Two local hospitals have reported treating 21 people, though it is unclear how many of those may have died.

    University president Charles Steger said that police have not officially tied together the two shootings.

    Steger described today's events as an incident of "tragic proportions" and said, "the university is shocked and horrified that this would befall us."

    The campus is closed today and classed are canceled today and tomorrow. Families seeking to reunite with their children have been directed by the university to the Inn at Virginia Tech.

    Virginia Tech, located in western Virginia near the borders with West Virginia and Tennessee, has more than 25,000 full time students. Its campus, which spreads out over 2,600 acres, has more than 100 buildings.

    S. Daniel Carter, senior vice president for Security On Campus, Inc. who has been studying campus crime for 15 years, said he watched the news at Virginia Tech unfold in "utter shock." Carter is based a couple of hours' drive away, in Knoxville, Tenn.

    "Nothing like this has happened before," he said, adding that the average number of killings on all American campuses combined has hovered around 20 since the Department of Education formally began collecting data in the early 1990s.

    While information had not been released about the gunman, Carter said he suspected that whoever the shooter was suffered from some deep psychological problem and was likely connected to the university campus in some way.

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    Wow...that's some kind of insight right there.
  13. HoleInTheRoof

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    Unbelievable. God bless the families of the victims.
  14. nathanlt

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    Yeah, lets hope VTHokie checks in soon.
  15. adamknite

    adamknite Well-Known Member

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    MSNBC has raised the number to atleast 32 :(


    Edit: Atleast 31 including the gunman, excuse me....
  16. ThreeSportStar80

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    God Bless the victims and their families.... :pray:





    May the S.O.B. or S.O.B.(s) responsible for this ROT IN HELL!
  17. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    He is... even as we speak... he killed himself...

    Apparently this was all about girlfriend problems...

    From Sky News:

    Witnesses said he was heavily armed and entered the college looking for his girlfriend... He reportedly lined up students and opened fire at them. He was said to be a young Asian...
  18. davidyee

    davidyee Maple Leaf

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    So when he couldn't find his girlfriend what was he thinking? I'll kill some extra people to make myself feel better?

    I think this guy was "dodo" before he even had a girlfriend. All he needed was a reason to exhibit his lack of touch with reality.

    God help those who have lost loved ones. This type of crap gives me nightmares of my children dating.
  19. RealCowboyfan

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    The Count is up now over 32 people.
  20. Achozen

    Achozen Sounds From The Lair

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    Wow, terrible news!

    :(

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