School Officials Believed Crisis Was Over

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Virginia Tech President Charles Steger and the university's police chief say that the first shooting death that took place early Monday was initially treated as an isolated incident — and that authorities suspected that the gunman had left the Virginia Tech campus.

But that event was followed by another, far more deadly shooting attack some hours later, in which more than two dozen people were killed in a classroom building across campus.

While questions about the details — and motive — of the attacks remain, police would not rule out the possibility that a second gunman was involved — and that the incidents could possibly be unrelated.

Authorities have not released any details about the dead gunman, other than to say that he is male, and that he took his own life.

The names of those killed today will not be released until all their families are notified.

Virginia Tech President: A 'Monumental' Tragedy

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Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger issued a statement on today's campus shootings:

The university was struck today with a tragedy of monumental proportions. There were two shootings on campus. In each case, there were fatalities.

The university is shocked and horrified that this would befall our campus. I want to extend my deepest, sincerest and most profound sympathies to the families of these victims which include students There are 22 confirmed deaths.

We currently are in the process of notifying families of victims. The Virginia Tech Police are being assisted by numerous other jurisdictions. Crime scenes are being investigated by the FBI, University Police, and State Police. We continue to work to identify the victims impacted by this tragedy.

I cannot begin to covey my own personal sense of loss over this senselessness of such an incomprehensible and heinous act. The university will immediately set up counseling centers. So far centers have been identified in Ambler Johnson and the Cook Counseling Center to work with our campus community and families.

Here are some of the facts we know:

At about 7:15 a.m. this morning a 911 call came to the University Police Department concerning an event in West Amber Johnston Hall. There were multiple shooting victims. While in the process of investigating, about two hours later the university received reports of a shooting in Norris Hall. The police immediately responded. Victims have been transported to various hospitals in the immediate area in the region to receive emergency treatment.

We will proceed to contact the families of victims as identities are available.

All classes are canceled and the university is closed for the remainder of today. The university will open tomorrow at 8 a.m. but classes will be canceled on Tuesday. The police are currently staging the release of people from campus buildings.

Families wishing to reunite with the students are suggested to meet at the Inn at Virginia Tech. We are making plans for a convocation tomorrow (Tuesday) at noon at Cassell Coliseum for the university community to come together to begin to deal with the tragedy.



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