Monday, April 16, 2007

UPDATES BELOW AS THEY HAPPEN




Last Update from MSNBC- 33 Dead Including Shooter. 901p EST

MSNBC NOW REPORTING 32 DEAD INCLUDING SHOOTER- 347p EST


AP Now Reporting 31 People Dead. (per MSNBC) 2:27p EST


MSNBC


22 dead in Va. Tech shooting rampage
Suspect killed in campus carnage


BREAKING NEWS

Updated: 2 minutes ago
BLACKSBURG, Va. - At least 22 people were killed Monday in a shooting rampage on the Virginia Tech campus, police said. They said the gunman was among the dead.

In addition to those killed, officials said at least 28 people were wounded.


To those who say guns don't kill, people kill.

Maybe, but guns sure do make it easier to mow down 22 innocent college students at a time.

WHERE THE HELL ARE THE GUN CONTROL ACTIVISTS?


*************UPDATE*************
MSNBC saying there are sure to be more dead. Up to 30.

Gunman had at least two weapons with magazine clips. One was a 9mm. Extra clips stored in his jacket. Shooter was a young (20s) Asian male. First shootings about 715a EST, second shootings not until about 2 hours later. (?)




Alan Kim / The Roanoke Times via AP

(This info coming from a combination of MSNBC cable channel & website)

************UPDATE 3:19p EST****************

Various tidbits (not written in stone) from MSNBC. The shooter approached his ex or current girlfriend at her dorm in the am. Both girlfriend and Resident Advisor were shot.

AT 9ISH THE SCHOOL SENT OUT AN EMAIL ALERTING STUDENTS TO THE SHOOTING. (bad juju coming along here)

10ish shooter entered an Engineering building, went into a classroom and just randomly started shooting then left the room. When the shooter attempted to get back into the classroom, students held the door against him.
Fed sources saying shooter may have chained doors to keep victims in classrooms.


MSNBC saying 22 people hospitalized, 6 currently in surgery. 26k students at Va Tech. (huge school)

Prez Bush to speak re massacre at 415p EST any minute, Prez of VA Tech at 430p EST.


White House Reassures NRA Everything Peachy

A White House spokesman said President Bush was horrified by the rampage and offered his prayers to the victims and the people of Virginia.

"The president believes that there is a right for people to bear arms, but that all laws must be followed," spokeswoman Dana Perino said

11 Comments:

At 1:29 PM, Blogger Paddy said...

Ugh.

 
At 1:53 PM, Blogger Mary Ellen said...

This is horrific, my thoughts are with the families.

 
At 2:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I *do* want to know. When and where did he get the gun? Why did he have a gun? etc. Haven't even heard yet what kindof gun it was tho. It's such a tragedy.
:(

 
At 2:11 PM, Blogger Paddy said...

I updated it for you anon with more info.

 
At 2:22 PM, Blogger Mary Ellen said...

Gosh, I'm listening to the news and it's just amazing. Did any of you see the video taken by a student during the shooting?

Many students who are talking said they are really pissed that they weren't informed except through an e-mail about an investigation of "a shooting" in the morning. Then, two hours later, more killing. This is horrible.

I can't even imagine what the parents of any students at Virginia Tech are going through today.

Possibly 29 dead now.

A lot of rumors, I imagine we will hear more as the day goes on.

 
At 2:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's going on here is the insane ability of people to RE-LOAD ahead of time with removable clips. These clips have NO NON-TERRORIST VALUE. You don't need a clip with 100 rounds to shoot a possum.

 
At 4:44 PM, Blogger Todd said...

I can't believe the first comment coming from the President concerns gun laws... how insensitive and inappropriate.

 
At 5:39 PM, Anonymous Stus said...

Still too early to be able to say anything substantive about this -- but in a country where the leaders turn to the violence of war before diplomacy to "solve" their problems, how can we be surprised when our citizens on the edge of reason take the same path? And these are supposed to be adults, not sad and hormone-addled teens in some high school!

This reminded me most of the killing on the campus in Montreal years ago.

 
At 8:18 PM, Blogger Mary Ellen said...

todd

I agree...with Bush it's always politics. He'll use this, just like he used 911. I won't be surprised if he blames al Qaida.

My heart just breaks for the families of that college community, and all the students who had to endure that nightmare.

A few of the European blogs have been incredibly disgusting with their comments about Americans. It's sick.

 
At 12:28 AM, Blogger Bob Broughton said...

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At 12:30 AM, Blogger Bob Broughton said...

Here's my take: http://broughton.ca/blog/

 

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