After Deaths, Questions Remain at VT Campus

It is now confirmed that there have been 33 deaths today on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Va., a total that includes the gunman. Many victims are being treated at hospitals in Roanoke and New River Valley.

There are two confirmed deaths from the shooting in Ambler Johnson dormitory, in addition to the 31 at Norris Hall.

Some, but not all, of those killed were students. It's not clear if the shooter in what has now become the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history was a student. The gunman was killed, but it's not known if he was shot by police or took his own life.

E-Mails Notify Students of Gunman

Virginia Tech students began receiving e-mails about a gunman loose on campus more than two hours after the first shots were fired. Below, the text of the e-mails they received, sent to NPR by a student.

9:26 am

A shooting incident occurred at West Amber Johnston earlier this morning. Police are on the scene and are investigating.

The university community is urged to be cautious and are asked to contact Virginia Tech Police if you observe anything suspicious or with information on the case. Contact Virginia Tech Police.

Stay attuned to the www.vt.edu. We will post as soon as we have more information.

9:50 am

A gunman is loose on campus. Stay in buildings until further notice. Stay away from all windows.

10:16 am

Virginia Tech has canceled all classes. Those on campus are asked to remain where there (sic) are, lock their doors and stay away from windows. Persons off campus are asked not to come to campus.

10:52 am

In addition to an earlier shooting today in West Ambler Johnston, there has been a multiple shooting with multiple victims in Norris Hall.

Police and EMS are on the scene.

Police have one shooter in custody and as part of routine police procedure, they continue to search for a second shooter.

All people in university buildings are required to stay inside until further notice.

All entrances to campus are closed.

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