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Tuesday, April 17, 2007
By Dr. Steven Taylor

The Va Tech student newspaper’s website, has a the most information on the massacre as I have found. I will note that the site is obviously getting a lot of traffic and is intermittently in and out.

The main story is here:
Horrific details surrounding massacre trickle out. The story includes this recounting of an attack on a German class:

Erin Sheehan was one of four people able to walk out of her 9:05 German class in room 207 Norris Hall.

“It’s a small class, about 25 people,” she said. “And I would say no more than 2 people didn’t show up, were absent. And of those of us that were in there today, only four of us walked out of that room, but two of us had been injured during the shooting.”

Sheehan said that the shooter looked into the classroom a couple of times before firing.

“It seemed so strange,” Sheehan said. “Because he peaked in twice, earlier in the lesson, like he was looking for someone, somebody, before he started shooting. But then we all heard something like drilling in the walls, and someone thought they sounded like bullets. That’s when we blockaded the door to stop anyone from coming in.”

Sheehan witnessed the shooting as it happened.

“I saw bullets hit people’s bodies,” Sheehan said. “There was blood everywhere. People in the class were passed out, I don’t know maybe from shock from the pain. But I was one of only four that made it out of that classroom. The rest were dead or injured.” She described.

You know, I teach classes of that size and have had students inexplicably stick their heads in the door (sometimes multiple times) during a given class. I can all too easily imagine the way this all took place: how the initial reaction would have been to a seeming commonplace event (someone sticking their head in the door) that would have then gone to confusion over odd noises, and then the resultant rush of panic when the horrific realization of what was going one struck those in the room. And I can’t help but think what it would be like to be in a classroom and have something like this happen-one would be helpless.

A list of the confirmed deceased is here.

Facebook reactions from Va Tech students can be found here.

Photos of campus during the event can be found here.

A map of campus with the locations of the two different shootings is below the fold.

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