Just a horrible, horrible, horrible tragedy unfolding in Blacksburg. As it stands right now, the number of people reported killed (22) is almost twice the number killed in the Columbine massacre (12). Columbine was, until this morning, the worst school shooting in American history.
I have several family members and friends who are Virginia Tech alums, and I myself lived in Blacksburg for several years as a kid and fondly remember the town and campus. Right now I'm just hoping the shooter is no longer shooting, and that medical personnel are able to reach and treat the victims who are still alive.
This calamity comes less than a year after the campus was locked down because of a gunman on the grounds. That time, a police officer was shot to death.
A bizarre and gut-wrenching string of events for such a sleepy little town in the Virginia countryside. It isn't possible to offer any emotions besides raw shock. And hope that the school and all the victims are able to recover.
- At Least 20 Killed in Virginia Tech Shooting [Washington Post]
- Man Arrested Near Va. Tech In Two Killings [Washington Post]