News The Latest: 33 Dead, Another 29 Wounded
posted by April 16 at 14:00 PMon
after today’s shooting at Virginia Tech. It is the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.
From ABC News:
Law enforcement officials tell ABC News they believe there was a single gunman, firing at least two 9mm semi-automatic pistols. They said he may have been wearing a bulletproof vest.
It is unknown at this time if the guns had standard or extended clips, which can fire as many as 30 shots before the gun has to be reloaded.
The gunman, whose identity has not been released, is among the dead. Campus police would not say whether the shooter had killed himself.
From the BBC, there’s this scary account from a student:
The sound did not register immediately, even though it was startlingly loud.
When it started again seconds later, the girl sitting by the door decided to close the door.
She peeked out into the hallway, and saw the shooter, so she immediately closed the door shut.
Three other students moved a table that was in front of the room and barricaded it against the door.
A few seconds later, the shooter tried to open the door, but my classmates kept it well shut, as they held the table against it.
The shooter shot the door twice at chest level, which resulted in two holes in the door, one of which hit the podium in the front of the classroom and the other continued out the window.
Meanwhile, over at Instapundit, one of the right’s biggest bloggers, this was up shortly after news of the shooting broke:
Nobody seems to know much yet on what happened. These things do seem to take place in locations where it’s not legal for people with carry permits to carry guns, though, and I believe that’s the case where the Virginia Tech campus is concerned. I certainly wish that someone had been in a position to shoot this guy at the outset.
Expect this to be a common theme among the right in the week ahead. Guns don’t kill people, but people with guns kill other people with guns. Everybody needs guns. Guns, guns, guns.
And over at Americablog, a commenter writes:
I know it is too early for comments like this (really, my prayers are with those people in Blacksburg)—but I just have to say it. 30+ kids killed and who knows how many injured and this is all we’re gonna hear about for weeks. But is it really that outrageous compared to what’s going on in Iraq every day? Politicians say Iraq is ok and no worse than any city in America—and the media for the most part don’t hold them accountable for comments like that. If there were consistency, this Tech thing wouldn’t be that big of a story.
President Bush, meanwhile, has already delivered some remarks:
Our nation is shocked and saddened by the news of the shootings at Virginia Tech today. The exact toll has not yet been confirmed, but it appears that more than 30 people were killed and many more were wounded.
I have spoken with Governor Tim Kaine and Virginia Tech President Charles Steger. I told them that Laura and I and many across our nation are praying for the victims and their families and all the members of the university community who have been devastated by this terrible tragedy.
I told them that my administration would do everything possible to assist with the investigation and that I pledged that we would stand ready to help local law enforcement and the local community in any way we can during this time of sorrow.
Schools should be places of safety and sanctuary and learning. When that sanctuary is violated, the impact is felt in every American classroom and every American community.
Today our nation grieves with those who have lost loved ones at Virginia Tech. We hold the victims in our hearts, we lift them up in our prayers, and we ask a loving God to comfort those who are suffering today.