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Virginia Tech shooting briefs

By Times wires
Published April 17, 2007




The shootings Monday ranked as the worst in U.S. history, more deadly than Oct. 16, 1991, when George Hennard drove his pickup through a plate-glass window of a Luby's Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas, and fatally shot 23 people. He used his last bullet to kill himself as police closed in.

Other American mass shootings since 1990:

Dec. 26, 2000: Software tester Michael McDermott kills seven people at a Wakefield, Mass., Internet consulting company, Edgewater Technology Inc. Authorities say the shooting may have stemmed from an IRS order to seize part of his wages to repay back taxes.

Nov. 2, 1999: Copier repairman Byran Uyesugi, 40, fatally shoots seven people at Xerox Corp. in Honolulu. He is convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

July 29, 1999: Former day trader Mark Barton, 44, kills nine people and wounds 13 others in shootings at two Atlanta brokerage offices. He then commits suicide.

April 20, 1999: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, students at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., kill 12 students and a teacher and wound 23 before killing themselves.

June 18, 1990: Ten people are killed and four wounded by James Edward Pough, who shoots people at random in a General Motors Acceptance Corp. office before killing himself.


World response

Britain: Early editions of Tuesday's London papers were dominated by huge headlines and photos. "Executed at Uni," said the Daily Mirror, using British slang for university. The Daily Mail's headline asked, "What price the right to bear arms?"

Canada: The story led the news throughout the day. But while Canada, which has strict gun controls, has long looked askance at the proliferation of guns in the United States, no sense of superiority was expressed. Canada has had five school shootings since 1975.

France: News of the shootings dominated the Web pages of every major newspaper. Bloggers blamed the tragedy on what they called lax American rules on gun ownership.

Colombia: In the close American ally notorious for its political violence, the Web site of the country's biggest newspaper, El Tiempo, had by midafternoon posted six stories on the shootings.

Iraq: Television networks broadcast news of the shootings in brief bulletins at the top of each hour Monday, but devoted most of their airtime to stories closer to home - the resignations of Cabinet ministers loyal to Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, the crisis in Darfur and bombings in Algeria.


Too much like Day 1

Monday was the second time in a year officials have locked down the campus. In August, an escaped jail inmate shot and killed a deputy sheriff and a security guard at a nearby hospital before the police caught him in the woods near the university. The capture ended a manhunt that led to the cancellation of the first day of classes and shut down most businesses in Blacksburg. The suspect, William Morva, faces capital murder charges.

Campus closes

Virginia Tech will remain closed today, it reported on its Web site ( A public gathering will be held at Cassell Coliseum at 2 p.m. Parents with concerns are asked to call the Dean of Students Office at (540) 231-3787.

Associated Press, Washington Post, New York Times

[Last modified April 17, 2007, 06:32:11]

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