Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Gunman kills 32, commits suicide in Va.

I wasn't gonna post about this, but I have several questions.
A gunman massacred 32 people at Virginia Tech in the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history Monday, cutting down his victims in two attacks two hours apart before the university could grasp what was happening and warn students.

The bloodbath ended with the gunman committing suicide, bringing the death toll to 33 and stamping the campus in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains with unspeakable tragedy, perhaps forever.

Investigators gave no motive for the attack. The gunman's name was not immediately released, and it was not known if he was a student.

"Today the university was struck with a tragedy that we consider of monumental proportions," Virginia Tech President Charles Steger said. "The university is shocked and indeed horrified."

But he was also faced with difficult questions about the university's handling of the emergency and whether it did enough to warn students and protect them after the first burst of gunfire. Some students bitterly complained they got no warning from the university until an e-mail that arrived more than two hours after the first shots rang out.

They say it is the worst massacre in modern US history. There have been worse ones earlier?

What idiots are in charge who couldn't realize what was happening after the first attack which was followed by a second two hours later?

And how could anyone in their right mind decide email was the best way to warn students? They have no fucking campus wide public address system? If they don't, then someone did a piss poor job of setting up campus security.

This is a horrific tragedy made worse by the authorities in charge.

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