Monday, April 16, 2007

21 Dead at Virginia Tech

UPDATE: The dead are now 32. Wow. That's mind-bogglingly horrific. I don't understand how there were two shootings on separate sides of campus and yet they're saying there was only one shooter (and earlier, the AP mentioned one may be at large, which makes more sense). I'm hoping that doesn't mean one got away. [found some of this info on other blogs, can't recall which anymore, sorry]

Sad side note: Apparently, nobody is allowed to carry a gun on campus (students or employees), which meant that there was nothing anybody could do to stop the shooter. That's another instance of poorly thought through ideals leading to terrible policy.

This is crazy:
At least 22 are dead after a shooting at Virginia Tech University Monday morning.

Campus police said there was only one shooter and he is now dead. They are unsure if the shooter was a student.

"Today the university was struck by a tragedy we consider of monumental proportions," Virginia Tech President Charles Steger said during a press conference shortly after noon. "I cannot begin to convey my own personal sense of loss over this senseless, incomprehensible, heinous act."

At least one person was killed at West Ambler Johnston, a residence hall, but several others were injured in that shooting. At least 20 were killed at Norris Hall, an engineering building. The dead shooter puts the death toll so far at 22.