VA Tech: “The worst campus shooting in US history”

UPDATED: From law enforcement source at scene

16 April 2007; 9:00 pm: Although not confirmed, one law enforcement source has tentatively identified the shooter as a Chinese national in the US on a student visa, with San Francisco listed as a 2006 point of entry. We are not releasing the name at the strict request of our law enforcement source.

16 April 2007; 5:40 pm: From law enforcement source, speaking under strict condition of anonymity:

“I can tell you that there was only one shooter. Following the initial shooting at ‘West A.J.’ early this morning, police believed the suspect left the campus, and that the suspect was not a resident of the campus. It was during that investigation that the suspect returned to the campus prepared to kill as many people as possible. This was a premeditated act of mass murder, planned well in advance.”

16 April 2007: A male in his 20’s, apparently of Asian origin who opened fire at Virginia Tech is confirmed dead in Blacksburg, Virginia. Fatalities appear to be at least 30, perhaps more. The motive under investigation.

The Northeast Intelligence Network is following this incident closely.

Shooting Timeline

Monday, April 16th 2007 12:23PM: Virginia Tech police have confirmed 22 fatalities resulting from the campus shootings today. The gunman has also been confirmed dead.

Three people were escorted out of Norris Hall by police. The three were handcuffed, separated, questioned, unhandcuffed and then canine teams were sent into Norris Hall said junior computer engineer Nick Saunders who watched the events unfold from the the second floor of Randolph Hall.

According to the university, classes have been cancelled for Tuesday, April 17.

11:57AM: Three people were escorted out of Norris Hall in handcuffs by police. The three were then unhandcuffed and canine teams were sent into Norris Hall.

11:50AM: The Associated Press has reported at least one death and seven injuries stemming from two shooting incidents on the Virginia Tech campus. Police have taken one person into custody and continue to search for another as part of routine procedure.

11:36AM: At this time, University Relations is reporting one individual in custody and is searching for a second shooter. The Collegiate Times will publish information as it is made available.

10:36AM: Due to serious wind helicopters cannot be used to transfer the injured. According to the police scanner, ambulances are being used to transport the victims to Montgomery Regional Hospital.

10:32AM: At this time, one death and one injury have been confirmed. More information will be made available as it breaks.

10:20AM: All classes are canceled.

10:04AM: The university is encouraging everyone to stay indoors and away from windows. West Ambler Johnston and Squires are currently on confirmed lock down.

10:00AM: A gunman is confirmed loose on campus.

Monday, April 16th 2007 9:47AM: Shots were fired on campus in West Ambler Johnson Hall in the early morning hours.

Courtesy VA Collegiate Times

Six weeks ago in Missouri…

Last week at Virginia TechBomb threat closes Torgersen, Durham, Whittemore halls; events relocated; $5,000 reward offered

By Larry Hincker

BLACKSBURG, Va., April 13, 2007: (6:15 p.m. EDT) Virginia Tech is offering a $5,000 reward related to the two recent bomb threats on campus.

The reward will be given for information or leads leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved in either bomb threat incidents occurring April 2 or April 13.

Information should be directed to Virginia Tech Police at 232-TIPP (8477).

Virginia Tech Police, in collaboration with other law enforcement agencies, continue to investigate both incidents.