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Monday, April 16, 2007

UPDATE: AP Raises Death Count to 30 in VT Shootings

Reports continue to come in on the shootings at the Virginia Tech campus earlier today. The Associated Press has released an update bringing the death count to 30, not including the deceased gunman, which would bring the count to 31.

The two shooting events caused panic and confusion. The first shooting occurred at 7:15a.m. at the West Ambler Johnston coed dormitory. Witnesses say the shooting occurred on the 4th floor of the building. About two hours later a second shooting incident occurred at Norris Hall, an engineering building that, according to authorities, is about a half mile-away from the first attack.

Witnesses on campus reported students jumping out of the windows of a classroom building to escape gunfire. Reports say that Students and faculty members were carrying out wounded themselves without waiting for ambulances to arrive.

SWAT team members were dispached to the campus. The FBI has become involved with the investigation.

Students claim that the lockdown status of the campus was lifted between the shootings and then re-activated.


"What happened today this was ridiculous. And I don't know what happened or what was going through this guy's mind," student Jason Piatt told CNN. "But I'm pretty outraged and I'll say on the record I'm pretty outraged that someone died in a shooting in a dorm at 7 o'clock in the morning and the first e-mail about it - no mention of locking down campus, no mention of canceling classes - they just mention that they're investigating a shooting two hours later at 9:22."
He added: "That's pretty ridiculous and meanwhile, while they're sending out that e-mail, 22 more people got killed."

As it stands, the latest death count makes this the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.



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