tragic news of Virginia Tech shootings
[update 4/17 8:17am] The media feeding frenzy is all over this story, rehashing the same sad drama. I’ll refer you to these others for the latest:
- 1st-hand accounts via blog roundup by WashingtonPost.com
- AngryAsianMan reflects on the racial implications and early rumors
- Collegiate Times (VT student newspaper) will have the closest-proximity coverage, including this photo gallery + video of student reactions at West AJ + list of confirmed deceased
- ntcoolfool is blogging about the media frenzy, first-hand from Vawter Hall (where I’d lived for a year myself)
- the shooter’s identity has been revealed as Cho Seung Hui, 23 year old senior from Centreville, VA; Full news coverage at NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, CNN
As a Virginia Tech graduate (1988) and alumni, this morning’s shootings is extra sad and tragic. The most detailed news coverage is via the USA Today blog and The Roanoke Times reports at least 22 killed in shootings @ 12:58pm, and numbers are growing [latest count is 33, including the gunman]:
The mass shooting is the nation’s worst on any school or college campus, according to Catherine Bath, executive director of Security on Campus Inc., a non-profit group that tracks school shootings.
“There is no national precedent for this,” Bath said.
“This is a Columbine-type situation,” Bath said, referring to a shooting at a Colorado high school that left 12 students and a teacher dead in 1999.
Live breaking news coverage being provided at WSLS-TV. CNN i-Report has chilling raw footage via Jamal Albarghouti’s cell phone. Wikipedia has collaborative live updates under 2007 Virginia Tech shooting. Or, listen to police scanner from the New River Valley, which includes Blacksburg.
Please pray… the worst campus massacre in American history… not the kind of notoriety any school wants. the Virginia Tech’s website is overloaded.
I’m scheduled to preach this coming Sunday. I’ll have to pray and write up a new message and not recycle, because we’re all asking the question: “why.” I already have Google searches coming here from “Why the shootings at Virginia Tech?” (cf. Desiring God reposted 21 Ways to Minister to Those Who Are Suffering; Tim Keller’s message at the 9/11 remembrance service)
[update 5:00pm] 1 witness claims that gunmen was “Asian man in his twenties. Maroon hat. Black leather jacket.” View LiveLeak video of phone interview with witness Derek O’Dell. [cf. PajamasMedia] Dennis Hong’s webcam captures shooting scene. Copies of Virginia Tech email announcements posted by hkleo_da — essential contact info:
Students, faculty, and staff who may have any information related to the incident at West Amber Johnston Hall and Norris Hall are encouraged to go to the Blacksburg Police Department to make statements, or call 540-231-TIPP (8477), or 231-6411
Parents with concerns are asked to call the Dean of Students Office at 540-231-3787.
It’s been difficult to find first-hand accounts from Virginia Tech bloggers or from Blacksburg, which is one of the most wired localities in the country. Cybersoc.com did find a handful of bloggers who are blogging on (or near) campus. Also see Save and rather scared… and Madness on Campus. Best updated up-close news is being done by student journalists at Virginia Tech’s Collegiate Times.
Washington Post hosted a live chat (transcripts online) with Anthony Della Calce, executive editor of Planet Blacksburg, a news Web site run by Virginia Tech students, discusses what things are like on campus in the wake of today’s shooting. Other Planet Blacksburg articles: The Senseless Violence Began in West Ambler, Witnesses Inside Norris Hall Speak, and the on-going updated Virginia Tech is Devastated by the Worst College School Shooting in U.S. History.