An apparently jilted gunman, on the prowl for his ex-girlfriend, shot and killed 22 people on the Virginia Tech campus this morning. Police estimate that about 20 were wounded. The dead included students and the gunman.
The campus was locked down, as it was last August during another shooting episode. The school has announced that classes are cancelled for today and tomorrow.
Virginia Tech is the largest university in Virginia. Located in Blacksburg, the school has over 25,000 full-time students. The campus includes more than 100 buildings and an airport on 2,600 acres.
At this point it is unclear how the tragedy managed to occurr over a two-hour period, before it ended. The shootings took place at opposite ends of the campus. The first shots were reported at 7:15 AM at West Ambler Johnston, a co-ed residence hall where 895 people reside.
The carnage intensified two hours later at Norris Hall, where the majority of the casualties were reportedly found.
It is also unclear at this point if the gunman killed himself or was shot by police. His name has not yet been released.
This is believed to be the deadliest campus shooting incident in U.S. history. In 1966, Charles Whitman killed 16 people from the 28th floor of a clock tower at the University of Texas. In 1999, 12 students and a teacher were killed at the Columbine High massacre in Littleton, Colorado.