Campus Massacre: More Than 30 Killed at Va. Tech

By: Associated Press
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BLACKSBURG, Va. -- With 32 deaths, plus the gunman, Monday's shootings at Virginia Tech now rank as the deadliest shooting rampage in US history.

It began early Monday morning, when a gunman opened fire in a Virginia Tech dorm, killing two people. Two hours later, the gunfire resumed in a classroom building across campus, taking another 30 lives.

The gunman then committed suicide, bringing the death toll to 33.

Investigators are offering no motive for the attack. The gunman hasn't yet been identified. No word on whether he was a student.

Virginia Tech's police chief isn't saying how many weapons the gunman carried. But a law enforcement official says there were two pistols and multiple clips of ammunition.

The shootings spread panic and confusion on the Virginia Tech campus. Witnesses reported seeing students jumping out the windows of a classroom building to escape the gunfire. SWAT team members swarmed over the campus. Students and faculty members carried out some of the wounded themselves, without waiting for ambulances to arrive.

At least 26 people are being treated at three area hospitals for gunshot wounds and other injuries.

Virginia's governor is on his way home from Japan after Monday's deadly shooting.

Governor Tim Kaine had been in Tokyo, where he was set to begin a two-week Asian trade mission. But instead he'll be back in Virginia Tuesday.

A statement from Kaine says it is "difficult to comprehend senseless violence on this scale." Kaine says the state is working closely with police, medical officials and Virginia Tech to provide any additional resources and support that may be needed.

President Bush is described as "horrified" by the mass shooting Monday at Virginia Tech University.

White House deputy press secretary Dana Perino says the
president's thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the
shootings.

Perino says the president does believe that there is a right for people to bear arms, but says that "laws must be followed." Perino says bringing a gun into a school dormitory and shooting is against the law and is "something someone should be held accountable for."

A school that's been well known for its engineering school and its football team will now also be remembered as the site of the deadliest campus shooting in US history.

Virginia Tech is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwestern Virginia, about 160 miles west of Richmond. It has more than 25,000 full-time students, making it the state's largest full-time student population. Many of them say they were on lockdown inside after the shooting was reported.

The campus is centered around the Drill Field, a grassy field where military cadets once practiced. The dorm and the classroom building where the victims were shot are on opposites sides of the Drill Field.

Classes have been canceled through Tuesday.


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