Thirty-three people were killed and at least 30 injured during a shooting rampage this morning at Virginia Tech, making it the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
The unidentified shooter was among the dead. Law enforcement authorities, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the shooter used two 9mm pistols. They also said that the shooter was not carrying identification and his head wounds were so severe that authorities could not immediately identify him.
The shootings, which included both students and staff members, took place at West Ambler Johnston, a dormitory, and Norris Hall, which houses the College of Engineering, at opposite ends of the sprawling campus. Authorities said the first shooting was reported shortly after 7 a.m. at the dorm and the second about two hours later at Norris Hall.
Well, whatever happened today, my heart goes out to all the families who lost loved ones today. It so frustrates me when folks feel the need to resort to violence to cope with their internal strife. I know that it is not our nature to kill each other and cause so much grief and suffering for each other...
But it's events like this one that just makes me sad and angry and mournful and furious and just plain confused.
When will the violence end? : (