Shooter's Identity Revealed

April 17, 2007

(AP)- Virginia Tech officials have released the identity of the shooter responsible for the massacre Monday at Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech officials say a senior English major from South Korea was behind the massacre of at least 30 people locked inside a campus building in the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history.

The Virginia Tech Police Department identified him as 23-year-old Cho Seung-Hui, from Centreville, Virginia. Seung-Hui was reportedly referred to the school's couseling service because the English major's creative writing was so disturbing.

According to some news reports, he left a note in his dorm room which was a rambling list of grievances where he blasted "rich kids," "debauchery" and "deceitful charlatans" on campus. Some law enforcement sources say that the note was several pages long explaing his actions saying "you caused me to do this."

Virginia State Police Superintendent Steve Flaherty says there's no evidence of an accomplice, but they are "exploring the possibility."

Flaherty said the victims in the second shooting yesterday at Norris Hall were in four different classrooms and a stairwell.

The bloodbath ended with the gunman's suicide, bringing the death toll from two separate shootings to 33. The first shooting was at a dormitory.

Virginia State Police say ballistics tests show one of the guns found at Norris Hall was used in both shootings.

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