By: E&P Staff
The college paper at Virginia Polytechnical Institute kept a running account of the tragedy that struck the campus today, with more than 30 students gunned down in at least two areas of the campus, a dorm and a classroom. The shooter is allegedly dead as well, but not identified. It is not known if he was a student.
The toll could climb. ABC News placed it at 32 at 2:00 p.m., and rising. The shootings took place about two hours apart, ending about 9:30.
Here is how the student-run Collegiate Times reported it, blog-style, with the most recent posting first. A full article is now posted there, which includes the note that police “are also investigating if it has any relation to the recent bomb threats on Tech’s campus.”
— Monday, April 16th 2007 2:13PM
As of now, 32 people are confirmed dead. One person from West Ambler Johnston Hall and at least 20 people from Norris Hall have been killed. The shooter as well has been killed, but it is uncertain as to whether it is a student or not.
–Monday, April 16th 2007 1:29PM
Dining halls have been cleared to resume operations.
The university is requesting that students limit movement while police continue their investigation.
–12:23 PM ET
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.
–Monday, April 16th 2007 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.
–Monday, April 16th 2007 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.
–Monday, April 16th 2007 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.
–Monday, April 16th 2007 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.
–Monday, April 16th 2007 10:32AM
At this time, one death and one injury have been confirmed. More information will be made available as it breaks.
–Monday, April 16th 2007 10:20AM
All classes are canceled.
–Monday, April 16th 2007 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.
–Monday, April 16th 2007 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.
The Collegiate Times is currently investigating the story. More information will be posted as it is made available.