32 STUDENTS DEAD AT VA TECH

By J. Kelman,  Newser User

Posted Apr 16, 2007 2:37 PM CDT

(Newser) – At least 32 students are dead after a gunman opened fire on a Virginia Tech dormitory and classroom building this morning. The shooter is dead; two dozen other students were wounded in the attack. “This place is in a state of panic,” one student told CNN; others report watching classmates jump from dormitory windows to escape the attack.

The attack follows a rash of bomb threats earlier in the month, including one on Friday that forced some classes to be cancelled. But police haven't established a link between the threats and today's shooting, or a motive for the shooting. This marks the largest school shooting in U.S. history; 12 students and a teacher were killed at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999.

 State and local police wait for a building to be cleared by police on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Va., Monday, April 16, 2007, following a shooting incident. Police said the shootings have left at least 20 people dead and a similar number injured. (AP Photo/Don Petersen)
State and local police wait for a building to be cleared by police on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Va., Monday, April 16, 2007, following a shooting incident. Police said the shootings have...   (Associated Press)
 An injured occupant is carried out of Norris Hall at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., Monday, April 16, 2007. A gunman opened fire in a dorm and classroom at Virginia Tech on Monday, killing 21 people before he was killed, police said. (AP Photo/The Roanoke Times, Alan Kim)
An injured occupant is carried out of Norris Hall at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., Monday, April 16, 2007. A gunman opened fire in a dorm and classroom at Virginia Tech on Monday, killing 21 people...   (Associated Press)
Law enforcement officers take cover behind a tree during the investigation of a shooting at the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Va. Gunfire erupted in a dorm and classroom at Virginia Tech on Monday, killing 22 people, the police chief said. The gunman was killed. (AP Photo/WDBJ via CNN)...
Law enforcement officers take cover behind a tree during the investigation of a shooting at the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Va. Gunfire erupted in a dorm and classroom at Virginia Tech on Monday,...   (Associated Press)
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