» Posted April 16th, 2007 by psi29a
Update – 04/17 @ 11:23 AM : There are now F-15E (multiple) flying over head right now. We are expecting the President’s arrival on campus for the convocation.
— Previous days news below —
This is breaking news from killfile and psi29a who live next to VT campus. For all of our readership who goes to tech (we have a few), stay safe, and stay away from the people with assault weapons. This apparently isn’t the first, this year!
Several sources on Virginia Tech’s main campus are reporting possible shootings on Virgina Tech’s main campus. Emergency crews including fire, ambulance, and police are on the scene. This page will be updated as new information is made available.
Emergency response began at AJ (West Ambler Johnston), one of Virginia Tech’s dormitories and has now spread to the front of McBride hall. The Virginia Tech community is now under lock-down, including this office. There is, as yet, no indication that this is related to the string of bomb threats Tech has received throughout the last week.
Virginia Tech has confirmed that “A shooting incident occurred at West Ambler Johnston earlier this morning.” Police response has been swift and students on-site report a heavy police presence including officers armed with assault rifles. Students and faculty are urged to stay indoors and away from windows.
Killfile and I are fine atm, but please to those who are still on campus, lock your doors and grab your bats.
http://www.wsls.com/ — with live news feeds, it also confirmed 20 dead and 28 wounded.
from the campus at tech —
edit: update at 8:20PM EST
Governor Tim Kaine has declared a state of emergency, giving Tech access to far more of the apparatus of the state. Kaine is flying back to Virginia from an economic conference in Tokyo and should arrive early tomorrow morning.
At this point, despite numerous victim interviews and repeated media inquiries, no information as to the nature of the shooter’s weapon has been forthcoming.
The press conference tonight was a complete farce, and I want to smack each and everyone of the fucking media pundents *ahem* journalists there for interjecting opinion instead of asking questions. Also, how many damn ways can one ask the same question! I want say thank you personally to all our men and women in uniform for their help today. They did a very professional job and made the best decisions they could under the circumstances.
We are talking about 2600 acres of land of open campus in a free society, emphasis on free. Having more security will not make the situation better, nor will throwing more money at it make it better. This shit happens and we all need to grieve, cope, and support ourselves and those who help to protect us.