More on the Massacre at Virginia Tech

There are no words. The tragedy is too great, the deaths too many. 33 dead, many more shot and injured. The incredible loss.

The first names are coming out. Planet Blacksburg is reporting that Ryan Clark is the male in the first shooting. There were two Ryan Clarks in the directory at Virginia Tech, one listed as residing in West Ambler Johnston. Ryan C. Clark is a Psychology Major, according to the Directory. He is, apparently, the RA for the 4th floor of WAJ.

There will be another press conference tonight at 7:30pm. Look for updates here.

Update, 7:46p MSNBC: They have recovered two weapons from the scene, but will not identify them, they’re comparing ballistics between the first and second shootings. They have a preliminary identification of the shooter, but are not yet prepared to release it yet unti they know more. They will not break down the student/faculty ratio at this time.

Update, 10:03p, NBC: The shooter, still unidentified despite several internet rumors to the contrary, used two weapons, a .22 caliber pistol and a 9mm pistol. He was wearing a bulletproof vest and was carrying a significant amount of ammunition. The identities of the victim, except for Ryan Clark, are unknown. I have been unable to confirm that Jamie Bishop was killed on site.

Update, 9:26am, CNN: Via the University, as well, “The individual has been identified as Cho Seung-Hui, 23. Cho was enrolled as an undergraduate student in his senior year as an English major at Virginia Tech. Cho, a South Korean native, was in the U.S. as a resident alien with a residence established in Centerville, Va.” Classes are cancelled through the end of the week, but the University will reopen on Wednesday. There was only one shooter. One of the guns was used in both shootings. While the Police were investigating the first shooting, the second took place.

2 Comments so far

  1. Breaux (unregistered) on April 17th, 2007 @ 1:29 am

    As a constant metroblogger antagonizer I say we appreciate your thoughts tonight MB. This Hokie doesn’t mind your slow driving tonight.


  2. MBFan#2 (unregistered) on April 18th, 2007 @ 9:28 am

    Why did the authorities highlight the fact that Cho was South Korean, who has been living in the US for 15 years? This creates a new and unfair stigmatization of an ethnicity that had no impact or influence in the behavior of an ill individual who is no different than the boys who killed at Columbine, but in that situation you do not hear over and over again that they were White Anglo-Saxons.

    In a country where immigration is already a volatile topic, I think it is irresponsible to bring this to the forefront and strengthening the perception that any person not born in this country is a potential threat to the community. The fact that Cho did not discriminate in who he shot – as the list of victims are being revealed – all come from different backgrounds and ethnicity and one cannot say this was a hate crime based on race but the fact that Cho is Asian American might stir up a backlash against Asian Americans.

    Please do not diminish my concern. I fear for this, as history illustrates –
    (1) the Chinese-American who was beat up by a group of autoworkers blaming the Japanese for stealing their jobs;
    (2) the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882; and,
    (3) the internment of Japanese-Americans (who had been in the States for many generations).

    It is a sad situation, no less, and I grieve at this tragedy – however, I just hope that no further tragedies occur in the aftermath.



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