massacre on campus : 32 students shot dead at american college!!!
April 18, 2007 2:56am CST
A gunman rampaged across the campus of a large technical college in rural Virginia yesterday, killing at least 32 people in two separate locations before shooting himself in what criminologists said was the worst mass killing of its kind in American history. The man, who was not immedicately identified, began shooting at a dorm in the early hours of the morning in what authorities at first assumed was a limited domestic dispute. Two hours later, he opened fire again, in a building housing Virginia Tech's engineering school, and this time he created carnage. "All I saw was blood in the hallways", said Gene Cole, a cleaner at the building who saw a man with a hat on and holding a gun before fleeing along a corridor and down a flight of stairs. Eyewitness reports suggested the gunman went from room to roomm, opening fire, seemingly at random. Several students and staff members jumped out of windows to escape. At least two faculty members were shot, one seriously, along with several dozen students. The number of injured is in double firgures. Some students suggested the gunman was a jilted boyfriend who tracked down and killed his former girlfriend first before rounding up his other victims. Many were outaged that they were not properly warnned after the first incident. The university administration sent an email at around 9:30am. more than two hours after the incident in the dorm and around the time of the second, more sustained shooting spree. Both Virginia Tech's president, Charles Steger, and the head of the campus police, Wendell Flinchum, said they believe the first incident was a one-off crime and that the perpetrator had left campus. According to medial reports, citing law enforcement officials, the gunman was armed with two 9mm handguns. Chief Flinchum confirmed that the man shot himself at the end of the rampage, but gave no details on his identity or any possible motives.Later, they argue the guman is a Korean student. Officials said the gunman acted alone. But at one point three people were seen being escorted away from Norris Hall, the teaching building where most of the shootings took place, in handcuffs. That raised at least the possibility of a wider criminal conspiracy. The university email system buzzed with eyewitness accouts and scrappy footage shot on mobile phone cameras. Amie Steele, editor of the campus newspaper, described the scene as "mass chaos", with students running around in panic and police trying to keep them calm. THE PRESIDENT'S RESPONSE Once the scale of the massacre became clear, George Bush issued a statement. He said:"School should be places of safety and sanctuary and learning. When that sanctuary is violated, the impacts is felt in every American class and in every American community. Today our nation grieves with those who have lost loved onces at Virginia Tech. We hold the victims in our hearts. We lift them up in our prayers and we ask a loving God to comfort those who are suffering today." He said the federal government would "do everything possible " to assist the investigation. "We would stand ready to help local law enforcement and the local community in any way we can,"he said. Above all, I want to say WHY DON'T AMERICAN GOVERNMENT FORBID HOLDING GUN PERSONALLY? AND I CAN'T EXPLAIN WHY IT IS SO.