Tuesday, 17 Apr, 2007 Current Events

BREAKING: The Virginia Tech Shooter Identified

Cho Seung Hui - the Virginia Tech Shooter
Cho Seung Hui - the man, who was officially identified as the shooter at the Virginia Tech University, on Monday, April 16th, 2007 (Credit: AP)

ABC News reported that there was information about the shooters identity. After matching the fingerprints of the suspect and the ones on the firearms, it was confirmed that the person starting the massacre was Cho Seung Hui, a senior student of South Korean origin.

The young man was a 23-year-old senior at the University, with his major in English.

Witnesses report that Cho killed the two people in the dorm, returned to his own room, re-armed and left a "disturbing note" before he started shooting in the classrooms at the other end of the campus of Virginia Tech University.

It was officially confirmed by the Virginia Tech Police Chief Wendell Flinchum that one of the weapons collected in Norris Hall was used in both shootings.

The version of an accomplice in the rampage was not dismissed, yet the police does not look for any at the moment.

According to some witnesses Cho was seen carrying a backpack with receipts, confirming the purchase of a 9mm Glock pistol. The shooter was seen carrying the exact same backpack, witnesses report. The police also said that Cho had another pistol - a .22 caliber.

During the investigations there were found sections of a chain, identical to the one used to lock the doors shut in the Norris Hall - the building with 30 innocent people dead, many injured, and plus the dead killer himself.

At this moment the police are expecting to receive ballistic evidence connecting the two shootings together.

The investigation of the bloodiest and deadliest school massacre in the modern American history continues. This shooting had produced almost twice as many victims as in the deadliest bloodshed until yesterday: the shooting at the University of Texas at Austin, on August the 1st, 1966, when a man, Charles Whitman, opened fire from the 28th floor of a tower on the campus. He killed 16 and injured other 31 innocent people.

There are still not many words on the motives.

Related news:
- Shooting at Virginia Tech University - 30 Killed (updated)

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