Virginia Tech Campus Shooting

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Blacksburg, VA. (AP) - Authorities say they've tentatively identified the gunman behind Monday's shooting rampage at Virginia Tech that killed 32 victims, but they're not releasing any information yet.

Virginia Tech Police Chief Wendell Flinchum told reporters that two weapons were recovered, but he declined to describe them. Virginia Tech President Charles Steger offered reporters a timeline of the shootings, first at a dormitory, where two people were killed, then at a classroom building, where 30 people plus the gunman died.

Steger says at 9:45 a.m. eastern time, there was a 911 call reporting a shooting at Norris Hall, the second crime scene. Steger says when officers arrived there, they found the front doors chained shut from the inside. The officers were able to force their way in. Once inside, they heard gunshots from the second floor. Steger says just as the officers reached the second floor, the gunshots stopped.

A student's shaky cell phone video with the sound of multiple gunshots has provided the most striking depiction of the horror at Virginia Tech. The video shot by Jamal Albarghouti appears unremarkable to the eye, with police officers at the end of a parking lot standing, guns drawn, outside a campus building. But the sound of gunfire captured what was going on. Albarghouti told CNN that at first he believed he had come across the investigation of a bomb threat. There had been several on campus in recent weeks.

Television networks rushed to get reporters and anchors to the scene of what turned into the worst gun massacre in the nation's history. Cable news networks covered the story continuously. Broadcast networks also broke into regular programming several times, including when President Bush made a statement and Virginia Tech authorities held a news conference.


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