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.
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