April 16, 2007
This tragedy can only be described as unimaginable. 33 are dead, another 15 are injured, some quite seriously, leaving a school community searching for answers.
It all began just after 7:00 this morning when University Police got the call for a shooting at the West Ambler Johnston Dorm. When police got to the scene, they found one male and one female suffering from gunshot wounds.
"We are trying to determine whether the two incidents are connected," said Virginia Tech Police Chief Wendell Flinchum
As police were questioning a person of interest off campus, a second call for a shooting came in at around 9:45. When police responded, they had to fight through two chained doors, heard gunfire, and found multiple victims in multiple classrooms.
"This is one of the worst things I've ever scene. My sympathies go out to the families. We are working diligently to try to bring this to a resolution," said Flinchum.
Eyewitnesses say students were jumping from 2nd and 4th story windows to avoid being shot. In all 31 people were killed including the gunman at Norris Hall. University Officials have not released any names of the victims as they struggle to wrap their arms around one of the worst single incidents in this countries history.
"I'm really at a loss for words to explain or understand the carnage that has visited our campus," said Virginia Tech President Charles Steger.
The gunman is not being identified, however, Police said he took his own life on the 2nd floor of Norris Hall before they could confront him. As far as the victims in this tragedy, those names are not being released at this time. Police hope they can to notify all of the families before they release the names. They hope to have that completed by Tuesday morning