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Tuesday, April 17, 2007
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via the BBC: US university killer was S Korean

Police have named a student who shot dead at least 30 people at a US university as Cho Seung-hui, a 23-year-old from South Korea.

At the press conference he was identified as a senior and an English Major.

Update via ABC News: Virginia Tech Killer Identified

We now know the identity of the killer at Virginia Tech.

He is Cho Seung-Hui, a 23-year-old resident alien of the United States, as first reported by ABC News.

Cho is a South Korean national, a Virginia Tech senior majoring in English and the man who killed 33 people — inlcuding himself — on the Virginia Tech campus Monday.

Sources tell ABC News that Cho killed two people in a dorm room, returned to his own dorm room where he re-armed and left a “disturbing note” before entering a classroom building on the other side of campus to continue his rampage.

Cho’s identity has been confirmed with a positive fingerprint match on the guns used in the rampage and with immigration materials.

“Lab results confirm that one of the two weapons seized in Norris Hall was used in both shootings,” Virigina Tech Police Chief Wendell Flinchum said at a press conference Tuesday morning.

The contents of the note in question will say a lot about how the police behaved in regards to their ability to prevent the second shooting.

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1 Comment

  1. […] Update: The student has been identified as being of South Korean descent. Some detail here. […]

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