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Monday, April 16, 2007

Virginia Tech - Blacksburg Shootings

Many, if not most, have already heard or read about what initially appears to be a random shooting earlier today at Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, VA. BBC:

    A US shooting rampage at the Virginia Tech university has left 33 people, including a suspected gunman, dead.

    There were two incidents two hours apart, at a student dorm where two were killed and at an engineering building where 30 and the gunman died.

Most of all media is carrying non-stop coverage of this story, as it should be. I have found the BBC to be a particular favorite of mine for several reason, and here are other stories from them on the shootings:

Eyewitness Accounts:

    "I chose not to go to campus early this morning. We have been notified of the first incident very quickly and advised to stay indoors and exercise caution. One of my friends was teaching a class in Norris Hall, where the second incident took place. She sent me an email and an instant message saying she met with the shooter by accident and was nearly shot. She succeeded in barricading herself along with other students in one of the classrooms and as far as I know she is now safe."


    "This has been quite a surreal and grim morning for us all. We had a shooter on campus on the first day of campus and now this."


    "Apparently it all began around 0700 this morning, when the gunman shot and killed one person on the fourth floor. He may have shot other people in the dorm too. Now the police are telling us at least 22 people have been killed (counting the shooter himself)."

Orders To Stay Inside.

Other top coverage can be found at the following web sites of select Virginia Television Stations:

WDBJ, Roanoke,
WVEC, Hampton Roads,
WRIC, Richmond,
WUSA - DC, Virginia, Maryland,

and at The Collegiate Times, the twice weekly student paper of Virginia Tech.


There is nothing intrinsic, of course, to Blacksburg that makes it a magnet for violent rampages. The sad thing is, the vulnerability is everywhere. I recommend reading a book called Violence by James Gilligan to better understand the reasons we live in a society awash in testosterone-fueled mayhem. It's got to stop.
Hello Rhea,

I didn't say or reply that there was anything intrinsic to Blacksburg that makes it a magnet for violent crime. Why and how do you get that impression from me listing a handful of various news sites covering the most important and sad story of the day?

"Testosterone-fueled mayhem..." you've got to be kidding...if you're serious about that statement, may I suggest having your doctor up the dosages.
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