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At least 20 people were fatally shot Monday on the campus of Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, police said, according to WDBJ. CNN working to confirm.

 

 

 

At a news conference going on right now, Virginia Tech officials have confirmed 20 people are dead as a result of a shooting this morning at Virginia Tech. One gunman has reportedly been apprehended on the Virginia Tech campus. The Virginia Tech campus is closed and classes cancelled while police continue to search the campus. See related stories below.
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WOW

 

 

 

Chief: At least 20 dead in campus shootings

POSTED: 1632 GMT (0032 HKT), April 16, 2007

Story Highlights• NEW: Police chief says at least 20 people are dead, some of them students

• University reporting that a suspected shooter is in custody, another sought

• AP: 1 dead, 1 wounded in first reported shooting on Virginia Tech campus

• Student describes situation as "mayhem"; says 2 students jumped from window

 

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(CNN) -- The Virginia Tech Police Chief said at least 20 people were killed in twin shootings on the Blacksburg campus Monday morning.

 

"Some victims were shot in a classroom," Chief Wendell Flinchum said, adding that the gunman was dead.

 

President Charles Steger called the shootings "a tragedy of monumental proportions."

 

A hospital spokeswoman told The Associated Press that 17 Virginia Tech students were being treated for gunshot wounds and other injuries. Sharon Honaker at the Carilion New River Valley Medical Center told CNN that four patients had been transported there, one in critical condition.

 

One person was killed and others were wounded at multiple locations inside a dormitory about 7:15 a.m., Flinchum said. Two hours later, another shooting at Norris Hall, an engineering building, resulted in multiple casualties, the university reported. (Watch police, ambulances hustle to the scene )

 

The first reported shooting occurred at West Ambler Johnston Hall, a co-ed dormitory that houses 895 students. The dormitory, one of the largest residence halls on the 2,600-acre campus, is located near the drill field and stadium.

 

Amie Steele, editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper, said one of her reporters at the dormitory reported "mass chaos."

 

The reporter said there were "lots of students running around, going crazy, and the police officers were trying to settle everyone down and keep everything under control," according to Steele.

 

Kristyn Heiser said she was in class about 9:30 a.m. when she and her classmates saw about six gun-wielding police officers run by a window.

 

"We were like, 'What's going on?' Because this definitely is a quaint town where stuff doesn't really happen. It's pretty boring here," said Heiser during a phone interview as she sat on her classroom floor.

 

Student Matt Waldron said he did not hear the gunshots because he was listening to music, but he heard police sirens and saw officers hiding behind trees with their guns drawn.

 

"They told us to get out of there so we ran across the drill field as quick as we could," he said.

 

Waldron described the scene on campus as "mayhem." (Watch a student's recording of police responding to loud bangs )

 

"It was kind of scary," he said. "These two kids I guess had panicked and jumped out of the top story window and the one kid broke his ankle and the other girl was not in good shape just lying on the ground."

 

Madison Van Duyne said she and her classmates in a media writing class were on "lockdown" in their classrooms. They were huddled in the middle of the classroom, writing stories about the shootings and posting them online.

 

The university is updating its 26,000 students through e-mails, and an Internet webcam is broadcasting live pictures of the campus.

 

The shootings came three days after a bomb threat Friday forced the cancellation of classes in three buildings, WDBJ in Roanoke reported. Also, the 100,000-square-foot Torgersen Hall was evacuated April 2 after police received a written bomb threat, The Roanoke Times reported.

 

After the Monday shootings, students were instructed to stay indoors and away from windows, police at the university said.

 

"A gunman is loose on campus. Stay in buildings until further notice. Stay away from all windows," read a warning from the university.

 

"Virginia Tech has canceled all classes. Those on campus are asked to remain where they are, lock their doors and stay away from windows. Persons off campus are asked not to come to campus," a statement on the university Web site said.

 

Copyright 2007 CNN. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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Weren't the snipers basically terrorizing the same basic area Virginia/DC? Why do sick people flock to this area?

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Great, and the wife and I are supposed to be attending a wedding at Tech this weekend at the same building where the families are meeting. Not good times.

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Weren't the snipers basically terrorizing the same basic area Virginia/DC? Why do sick people flock to this area?

blacksburg isn't really very close to DC/northern VA. :dunno:

 

also, this is pretty sickening. :o

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Someone in the dorms is currently posting on eagles message board. He said at one point, a couple people were spooked enough to jump out their windows.

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alluva sudden the weeklong nappy headed ho story that we all thought was ridiculously overblown...

is blown off the headlines, middle lines and back lines. summer of the shark...week of the ho...

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This is terrible.

 

Check out the video on CNN. You can hear the gunshots coming from the school building. Its just surreal knowing that people's lifes are ending as you hear those gunshots. :thumbsup:

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alluva sudden the weeklong nappy headed ho story that we all thought was ridiculously overblown...

is blown off the headlines, middle lines and back lines. summer of the shark...week of the ho...

 

If this happened last week Imus would still have a job.

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and guns dont kill people :thumbsup:

 

People kill people, the guns don't shoot themselves. ;)

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People kill people, the guns don't shoot themselves. :thumbsup:

 

no guns, no shooting deaths. see europe and canada

 

or better yet, go watch bowling for columbie

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no guns, no shooting deaths. see europe and canada

 

or better yet, go watch bowling for columbie

 

If every citizen was required to carry a gun, they might have been able to shoot and kill these attackers before things got out of hand. But that is for another thread.

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VaTech's president was prolly thinking, for chrissake, we finally get rid of the likes of Marcus Vick, and now this :thumbsup:

rephrasing this joke isn't making it any funnier.

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I'm cornfused. They confirm the shooter is dead, but now they're locking down public schools too? And plan to evacuate the campus?

 

 

The horse is outta the barn. Ain't much point in closing the barn door now, is there? :dunno:

 

Not that cops ever totally overreact or anything like that....

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I'm cornfused. They confirm the shooter is dead, but now they're locking down public schools too? And plan to evacuate the campus?

The horse is outta the barn. Ain't much point in closing the barn door now, is there? :dunno:

 

Not that cops ever totally overreact or anything like that....

I heard there were two shooters. :dunno:

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since 40000 die from automobile accidents each year we should ban autos as well.

or at least make the speed limit on all roads 25mph. it would save a lot of lives.

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I heard there were two shooters. :dunno:

 

That's the problem with these stories. We won't know what really happened for a couple of days.

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I heard there were two shooters. :dunno:

 

 

Ah, the 'grassy knoll' shooter. :dunno:

 

 

 

10:1 this ends up being a snipe hunt.

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White male. Late 20's/early 30's. Former VT student. History of psychological problems.

 

How close am I? :dunno:

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