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Monday, April 16, 2007

VIRGINIA MASSACRE

Thirty-three people are dead following a shooting rampage at Virginia Tech. PJ Media is updating continually; also see two link-filled items from Instapundit.

UPDATE. A blogger roundup via the WashPost.

UPDATE II. Possible background on the gunman:

Authorities were investigating whether the gunman who killed 32 people on the Virginia Tech campus in the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history was a Chinese man who arrived in the United States last year on a student visa.

The 24-year-old man arrived in San Francisco on United Airlines on Aug. 7 on a visa issued in Shanghai, the source said. Investigators have not linked him to any terrorist groups, the source said.

UPDATE III. An Australian mining engineer heard 15 to 20 shots from his office at the university’s research faculty;  an Australian student enrolled at the university believes she is lucky to be alive.

UPDATE IV. Virginia Tech student Wayne Chiang says he’s not the killer. He’s also alive, which might help his case. Further on Chiang here.

UPDATE V. Gunman described as normal. Coincidentally, this attack comes nearly eight years to the day after the Columbine shootings.

UPDATE VI. A timeline and statements from the university. Also, another blog wrapup.

UPDATE VII. Sophomore Ross Alameddine is unaccounted for; family and friends wait for news. (Via the Boston Herald, which has a picture gallery.)

UPDATE VIII. A student speaks to Taiwanese television:

Virginia Tech student Chen Chia-hao told Taiwan cable TV channel CTI that the shooting rampage on Monday morning began after the gunman, believed to be a student from China, killed his girlfriend in the student dormitory after an argument.

‘They had a big quarrel in the West Ambler Johnston Hall and he shot her. Then the RA (dorm supervisor) came, and he shot the RA,’ Chen told CTI by phone.

UPDATE IX. The previous most deadly gun attack on a US college or university campus was also the first. A list of such attacks reveals that the average age of university killers (from those whose ages are supplied) is nearly 40.

UPDATE X. Heroism from one of the gunman’s victims:

Students of Liviu Librescu, 75, a lecturer in mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech for 20 years, sent e-mails to his wife telling of how he blocked the gunman’s way and saved their lives …

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