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Virginia Tech shooting
Mary Ellen Fowler hugs Matt Malagavi, a freshman at Virginia Tech and friend of her son Ryan, also a student at the school. (Don Petersen / AP)
Virginia Tech shooting
In Blacksburg, Virginia Tech students and family members seek information at The Inn at Virginia Tech about the horror unfolding on their campus nearby. (Eric Brady AP/The Roanoke Times)
Virginia Tech shooting
Family members outside The Inn at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., await word about loved ones following a shooting rampage at the school that killed 33 people including the suspect. The Inn served as headquarters for people seeking information.. (Eric Brady AP/The Roanoke Times)
Virginia Tech shooting
Unidentified Sheriff’s personnel patrol near Norris Hall where FBI and ATF agents also responded. The fatal shootings at the science and engineering building occurred two hours after those in a dormitory at Virginia Tech. (Don Petersen/AP)
Virginia Tech shooting
Formally known as Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia Tech is the state’s largest university, with nearly 28,000 students. A leader in producing Phds and graduates of engineering and architecture, it’s located in Blacksburg, in the Blue Ridge Mountains. (AP/Collegiate Times)
Virginia Tech shooting
The first 911 call came at 7:15 a.m. Eastern to report a shooting at West Ambler Johnston Hall on the campus of Virginia Tech. The gunman reportedly had been screaming at his girlfriend on the fourth floor, a witness said. Two people were killed in the rampage that claimed at least 31 more lives before it was over hours later. (Alan Kim AP/The Roanoke Times)
Virginia Tech shooting
After a second wave of shootings, students were released from classes at Virginia Tech. It was the second time in less than a year that the campus was closed because of gun violence. In August, the university was locked down on the first day of school because of a manhunt for an escaped inmate who had killed a hospital guard and a sheriff’s deputy near the campus. Today’s shootings also followed at least two bomb threats in recent weeks, officials said. (Eric Brady AP/The Roanoke Times)
Virginia Tech shooting
The row of ambulances parked near Norris Hall are testimony to the deadliest rampage in U.S. history, with 33 people killed and dozens injured at Virginia Tech. The incident invoked memories of the 1966 shootings at the University of Texas, where Charles Whitman killed 16 people from a clock tower before being gunned down by police. (Don Petersen/AP)
Virginia Tech shooting
Virginia State Police escort an unidentified person to van near Norris Hall. Apart from the shooting casualties, dozens of students sustained broken bones and sprains jumping from windows to escape the gunfire. (Don Petersen/AP)
Virginia Tech shooting
Armed officers guard the Virginia Tech campus near McBryde Hall after a massacre on campus that unfolded over two hours and claimed at least 33 lives. (Matt Gentry AP/The Roanoke Times)
Virginia Tech shooting
Sheriff’s officers patrol the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Va. after the shootings. (Teodora Erbes AP/Collegiate Times)
Virginia Tech shooting
A Virginia Tech student, right, runs from Norris Hall as an ambulance crew arrives. Some people criticized university officials for not closing the campus after the first of two shooting sprees that were separated by two hours. (Matt Gentry AP/The Roanoke Times)
Virginia Tech shooting
Unidentified students watch from the doorway of Virginia Tech’s McBryde Hall as police infiltrate the area. Said student Michael O’Brien, “I saw police cars from all different levels--state, local county--rush by. Ambulances, SWAT vans...” (Matt Gentry / AP / The Roanoke Times)
Virginia Tech shooting
After the Virginia Tech campus was locked down in the wake of a shooting rampage, students clustered in classrooms and used cell phones to make outside contact. Nearly all of the school’s 28,000 students live on the campus in the southwestern part of the state. (Tyler Henderson / Bloomberg News)
Virginia Tech shooting
At a nationally televised news conference, Virginia Tech President Charles Steger said, “The university is shocked and indeed horrified.” He defended against criticism that school officials did not lock down the campus soon enough to prevent a second wave of shootings. “We had no reason to suspect any other incident was going to occur. We can only make decisions based on the information you had at the time. You don’t have hours to reflect on it.” (Don Petersen / AP)
Virginia Tech shooting
A Virginia State Police armored vehicle heads for the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg. The university’s pastoral setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains about 160 miles west of Richmond belies the violence that besieged the campus this morning when an as-yet unidentified gunman killed at least 33 people and injured several others. (Don Petersen / AP)
Virginia Tech shooting
Members of the SWAT team head to Norris Hall, a science and engineering building where most of the casualties occurred. One student interviewed by MSNBC said he was inside a classroom there when the gunman entered and began shooting. “He let off a full round. I was one of 10 to 15 people in our classroom to get shot. He didn’t say anything, he just started shooting.” (Steve Helber / AP)
Virginia Tech shooting
The SWAT team assembles outside Norris Hall. There was criticism throughout the day that the university should have closed down between the two shooting incidents, and the carnage also fueled commentary about Virginia’s famously permissive gun laws.. (Eric Brady AP / The Roanoke Times)
Virginia Tech shooting
Blacksburg police officers run from Norris Hall on the Virginia Tech campus in response to reports of gunfire. (Matt Gentry AP/The Roanoke Times)
Virginia Tech shooting
Area law enforcement officers take up position on Clay Street on the Virginia Tech campus. (Alan Kim AP/The Roanoke Times)
Virginia Tech shooting
After the shootings, he campus was closed and classes were canceled through Tuesday. (Don Petersen / AP)
Virginia Tech shooting
An injured man is carried out of Norris Hall. (Alan Kim AP/The Roanoke Times)
Virginia Tech shooting
An injured woman is carried out of Norris Hall. (Alan Kim AP/The Roanoke Times)
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