Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The Va Tech Massacre: A Roundup of News

It's just all very overwhelming and sad.

- One of the victims was Canadian: Jocelyne Couture-Nowak, who taught French in Virginia Tech's department of foreign languages.

- Another Canadian tells his story.

- Several other victims' names have been released as well.

- On the heels of yesterday's shootings comes a bomb threat at St Edward's University in Austin, Texas. That campus has been evacuated.

- The shooter has been identified as 23 yr old Cho Seung Hui, a South Korean immigrant who lived in the US since he was a child.

Investigators worked through the night gathering and removing evidence from the Norris Hall, including a 9mm handgun and a .22 caliber handgun, officials said.

Virginia Tech police chief Wendell Flinchum said ballistics tests showed that one of the weapons was also used in the shooting deaths of two people more than two hours earlier at West Ambler Johnston Hall, a dormitory building.

"It is reasonable for us to assume that Cho was the shooter in both, but we don't have the evidence to take us there," Flaherty said.

Officials said they are still talking to an acquaintance of the female student killed in the residence hall, who was detained off-campus after the shooting and has been labeled a person of interest.

- Students ask: Why the Delay?

- Thanks to someone's rush to judgment yesterday, a completely innocent Asian Va Tech student was rumoured to be the shooter and has received death threats as a result. The Drudge Report linked to his live journal site and labeled it as a "hoax" site set up after the shootings. In fact, the site had been up for years.

- Va Tech will hold a convocation at 2pm ET.

Related: Those interested in Canada's gun laws can find information here.

- An editorial post I wrote this past Sunday: Unanswered Wake-up Calls

Update: The ripple effect - Threats Rattle Schools in 7 States

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