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Oh, my God.

There's been a mass shooting at Virginia Tech. The latest on CNN says that there are 20 confirmed deaths with 17 more injured. The entire campus is in lockdown.

20?! How could that have happened? And why did the apparently dead gunman do it?

I'll post more when I know more.

The latest from yahoo. It gets worse by the minute. 22 dead now.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070416/ap_on_re_us/virginia_tech_shooting

I have tears running down my face right now. I never believed there would be another mass school shooting like Columbine. This is even worse. And in my home state, no less. A lot of kids from my town go to VaTech. I hope no one I know was hurt. Please, please, pray for the victims and their families.

Edit- the death toll is now 25. Jesus.

Another edit. 32 confirmed dead. This is now the deadliest school shooting ever. It's worse than the Texas and Montreal shootings combined. God dammit.

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crusherdisciple
Apr. 16th, 2007 05:04 pm (UTC)
They keep bringing up the 16 people killed from a sniper firing from the clock tower at UT back in 1966. It was chilling to see where the people died on a tour 40 years later.

I can't imagine how upsetting hearing it happen as it unfolds would be. And NPR is saying most deaths were in classrooms.
mollybarton
Apr. 16th, 2007 05:28 pm (UTC)
I hope JKTim doesn't get a warning. He just told Deimos Anomoly to fuck off after one of DA's utter bullshit comments about guns. I was tempted to do the same thing.
mollybarton
Apr. 16th, 2007 05:29 pm (UTC)
And yes, most of the deaths were in a classroom. I can't imagine what the parents of the students are thinking right now...
punishyourma
Apr. 16th, 2007 06:27 pm (UTC)
My goodness, this is just awful. So sad. I can't imagine what it must feel like to have a loved one there and not know if they're okay. Columbine nearly killed me - I was working at a high school and had come home for lunch to watch the news unfold...I think I felt emotionally paralized for about a week. Even after the smoke clears and we have more information about the shooter's motivation or what not - even then - these things never, ever wind up making any sense at all. I hope your prayers give you comfort, Kira.
mollybarton
Apr. 16th, 2007 06:31 pm (UTC)
I used to live in Colorado. My mom helped dedicate the Columbine library, and I'd performed in band competitions there, so We both knew the building. That day was from hell. This is even worse. There are kids from my church who attend Va Tech. My sister is probably going nuts right now- she taugh a lot of them music.
punishyourma
Apr. 16th, 2007 06:50 pm (UTC)
How terrible for you guys! This day is going to be tragic for a lot of people. It's heart-wrenching enough when it happens to strangers, but to actually know some of the victims must be devastating. I'll keep my fingers crossed that the news doesn't get any worse for you and your sister.
ari_enchanted
Apr. 16th, 2007 08:06 pm (UTC)
God, I know what you mean. One of my friends from high school goes there and my heart practically stopped when I read about it. He's alright, thankfully, but he says it's really horrible on campus. I can't even imagine.
dalaire
Apr. 16th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
I've been listening to this all day on WVTF, in total horror.

There are no words, but tears, indeed, and prayers. I've been hugging Max so hard. Those poor families.
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