Pure Massacre Killer Slaughters 32 Students, Dozens Wounded, At American College – A Second Killer Escaped The Police?
April 18, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Killer Slaughters 32 Students, Dozens Wounded, At American College
BREAKING/UPDATE : A reporter on SBS News in Australia, doing a live cross from outside Virginia Tech, just claimed that he received information that there was a “mystery” about the identity of the man who went on a killing spree inside classrooms at the Tech. He said police are now thinking there were two killers, one who shot the female student and student advisor in a dorm, and another who did the killings in the Norris Hall Engineering block.
He said if there was no connection between the two shooting sprees it would be something of a “monumental coincidence” to have two shootings on the same campus within two hours of each other.
Apparently the descriptions of the man who was seen leaving the dorm and the man who killed more than 30 students on the other side of the campus, at Norris Hall, do not match up.
News on this is still breaking, so the “mystery” may already be resolved by the time you read this. However, the possibility of two separate killers would give credence to police and college officials’ claims that they believed the shootings were over once police had secured the dorm, even though the gunman had not been detained.
A second killer would explain how officials and police were taken completely by surprise by the second, far more deadly, shooting spree, two hours later on the other side of the campus.
However, the official story thus far gets murky. The same report on SBS News also said that email warnings were circulated to students to look out for someone who may be dangerous and for students to report suspicious behaviour to police or officials, just before the second shooting spree began.
Presumably, this e-mail warning refers to the first killer, who is believed to have left the dorm after he shot his girlfriend and a student advisor, if that story actually stands up to scrutinising. And there’s no guarantee that the facts as known of the first shooting will not change as well.
Only days before the eighth anniversary of the Columbine massacre, a technical college in Virginia, USA, becomes the scene of the worst mass shooting of civilians in American history.
At 7am, a man entered a college dorm room and reportedly argued with his girlfriend. Around 7.15am, a student advisor attempted to intervene in the confrontation, and the young man then reportedly shot his girlfriend and the advisor dead.
Some two hours later, on the other side of the huge college campus, presumably the same young man began methodically killing students in their classrooms. Police locked down the campus, but the massacre was reportedly over in a matter of minutes. The gunman is dead, either shot by police or by his own hand.
It is very difficult to shoot yourself when you are handcuffed! These pictures below are in dispute, and some are saying it is not of the shooter but of a Journalist who might have been falsely apprehended in the confusion. More to come, still developing.
From ABC News :
Two people were shot dead in a dormitory room before the gunman apparently reappeared two hours later on another part of the campus and shot another 30 people.
Most of those killed were students attending classes at a hall where the gunman apparently used chains to lock doors before shooting the victims, university and police officials say.
Fifteen people were wounded in the shootings, including people who had been shot and some who were hurt after jumping from windows to escape the gunfire
Key eyewitness accounts of the students first appeared on sites like Facebook, from which the mainstream media then picked up on the details. An eyewitness account :
“He was, I would say, about a little bit under six feet tall, young looking, Asian, dressed sort of strangely, almost like a boy scout, very short-sleeved light, tan shirt and some sort of ammo vest with black over it,” Erin Sheehan said.
She says he was carrying what appeared to be a black handgun and peeked into the class twice before later coming back with murderous intent.
“He just stepped within five feet (1.5 metres) of the door and started firing,” Ms Sheehan said, a freshman and mechanical engineering major.
“He seemed very thorough about it, getting almost everyone down. I was trying to act dead.
“He left for about 30 seconds, came back in, did almost exactly the same thing. I guess he heard us still talking.
“Then we forced ourselves against the door so he couldn’t come in again, the door would not lock. And so he came and tried to force himself in another three times and started shooting through the door.”
Ms Sheehan says the class had 25 people in it plus the professor.
“When we left, only four of us left,” she said. “Everyone was else was unconscious, either dead or wounded seriously.”
A remarkable, straightforward account of the massacre from a student in a room across the hall from where the majority of the killings took place :
It was just a regular day in class; the door was open and we heard a pop-pop-popping noise. Sounded like some kind of construction but it was getting disruptive so we went to close the door, and one of the girls stepped out in the hallway to see what it was. She saw the gun and ran back inside the room and slammed the door shut and we all got down on the floor.
Finally one of the guys in the front of the classroom was brave enough to get up and move the desk in front of the door to prevent outside entry. About twenty seconds later, the shooter rattled the doorknob trying to get in. When he couldn’t get in he fired two shots through the door (single solid piece of wood) and left. We heard him go in to 206 (the room across the hall) and shoot the people in that room.
When the police arrived five minutes later we heard them call for him to surrender his weapon and some more, irregular shots. Another five minutes later the police knocked and yelled “Police!” and we yelled “How do we know?” and when a second voice confirmed that it was in fact police, we opened the door.
We entered the hallway. Blood, bullet casings, and empty pistol clips were everywhere; this was definitely the most horrifying sight of my entire life. We ran past quickly. A door to the stairwell had been opened and there was a massive trail of blood; we found out later that a class had tried to escape only to find that the monster had chained the doors shut before starting his rampage. They were all killed.
Within five minutes of the first shots, police were gathering outside. In another ten minutes, the threat had been neutralized and the building was secure.
While there appears to have been a major communications breakdown on behalf of college officials, the students themselves quickly mobilised on sites like Facebook to update that they, or a friend, or fellow student, were safe and uninjured.
Literally millions of people from across the United States, and around the world, concerned about friends or family members at the college with a student body of 25,000, went straight to networking sites, like Facebook and MySpace, to find out what was happening and whether their friends or family members were safe.
Students who had not updated their Facebook page to say “I’m Okay” were repeatedly urged by others to do so.
On a day of such tragedy for Americans, it is remarkable to compare the wall of official silence and scant details of who was injured or killed in hours after the Columbine massacre of 1999, to abundance of information available on the well-being of students and campus staff literally within minutes of the massacre occurring.
Not only are the best and most comprehensive reports of the massacre being written by students themselves (some were sending out text message reports while the killings were still underway), but the mainstream media scrambled to intercept the exchange of information between the student eyewitnesses and the rest of the public.
The mainstream news needed to cherry-pick the details and student reports to pull together their own coverage, but it only showed how increasingly irrelevant the mainstream media is when such horrific events occur, involving such large numbers of people.
There are claims on message and discussion boards that dozens of phone cameras, and video cameras, were seized by police, some which may actually show the shootings taking place.