Cho Seung-Hui posing with his guns went to the post ofice and recorded a video of him ranting against rich kids and debauchery.
The package received by NBC News on Wednesday carried a postmark showing Cho mailed his rambling manifesto after he killed his first two victims on Monday morning but before he went on to cut down 30 more people in classrooms. What still baffles me is that :why didn't the school authorities call in the large number of policemen (they called in later) after the first shooting?
The images and long monologue suffused with paranoia and feelings of persecution painted a different picture of Cho, a 23-year-old student who has been described by teachers and other students as silent and withdrawn.
In the video and an 1,800-word document, Cho railed against wealth and debauchery, portrayed himself as a defender of the weak and voiced admiration for the 1999 Columbine High School massacre.
"You have vandalised my heart, raped my soul and tortured my conscience," said Cho, speaking directly to the camera and occasionally looking down to read his message.
"You thought it was a pathetic boy's life you were extinguishing. Thanks to you I die like Jesus Christ, to inspire generations of the weak and the defenceless people."
It also complained about "debauchery and "deceitful charlatans".
One of his teachers has said his creative writing was so disturbing he was referred to the university's counselling service.
The South Korean was studying English at the college and lived on campus.
He has been described as a loner, while one writing teacher labelled his work as "troubled".
Aged 23, he had been resident in the US since 1992 and was a graduate of Westfield High School in Fairfax County.
Police say he was armed with two handguns, one a 9mm pistol which was used in both sets of killings.
They have also revealed Cho was carrying a backpack which contained receipts for a Glock 9mm pistol bought last month for $571.
John Markell, who owned the shop where the gun was bought, said: "It was a very unremarkable sale. He was a nice, clean-cut college kid."
No motive has been given for the killings, although Cho is said to have had a row in a dormitory with his girlfriend. He apparently believed she was seeing another man.
Those deaths came at about 7.15am (local time) at West Ambler Johnston, a co-educational hall of residence that houses 895 people.
At 9.45am, more shooting was reported in Norris Hall, an engineering building.
The killer reportedly walked into classrooms and systematically opened fire on teachers and students.
Oyiboooo, Love na by force? If his girl friend dumped him so what? He should just have moved on. Oyibo people can crase for Love....God forbid bad thing!
Students consoling each other.
Although they said earlier there appeared to be only one gunman, police declined to confirm the two incidents were linked and said there was a male "person of interest" connected with the initial dormitory shooting of a male and female student. That person was not in custody.
The first shooting was reported to campus police at about 7:15 a.m. (1115 GMT) in West Ambler Johnston Hall, a dormitory housing some 900 students. It was followed two hours later by more gunfire a half-mile (0.8 km) away at Norris Hall, site of the science and engineering school.
But i guess they didnt think it was important enough to be given immediate response only coming in 2 hours later. Sweet. Rapid Response my black ASS!
"There were multiple gunshot wounds in all the victims, even the least injured had multiple gunshot wounds, this guy was just, he was out to kill everyone he came in contact with, not just to shoot the gun, he was out to kill them," said Dr. Joseph Cacioppo, the physician who is currently treating the wounded victims.
Many students expressed anger that they were not warned of any danger until more than two hours after the first attack at a dormitory, and then only in an e-mail from the university.
A student escaped death by pretending she was dead...Thank God for fast thinking.( Survival instinct).Student Derek O'Dell, who was shot in the arm, said: "I hid under the desk and he proceeded to shoot everybody else in the class, practically."
"We knew that there was a shooting but we thought it was confined to a particular setting," university president Charles Steger told reporters, explaining the lack of more urgent measures such as evacuating the sprawling grounds or shutting down the whole campus, which has more than 25,000 students. They should have warned the students and cancelled classes but they didnt cause 'they' (the authorities) are used to hiding negative information from people. They tell u "it's ok..everything is in control", even when ur house is burning or ur dying. Always lying to themselves.
Witnesses said the killer was a black-clad Asian male, about 6 feet (1.8 metres) tall, who went wordlessly from room to room calmly shooting students and staff with at least one handgun.
Authorities haven't released the names of the victims, but Israeli media reported that one of the dead was Liviu Librescu, an Israeli citizen and professor of engineering at the university.
Thousands of Virginia Tech students and staff were joined by local people for a candlelit vigil on Tuesday evening.
Librescu's son told Israeli Army radio that his father tried to block his classroom door against the gunman and urged his students to flee.
College police chief Wendell Flinchum said authorities believed the first shooting was an isolated incident and there was therefore no need to close the campus.
Schools should be places of safety and learning. Schools should be sanctuaries. Students feel a lot safer when they are in school than outside but when that sanctuary is violated the impact is felt in every classroom and every community.
The Queen, due to visit the state of Virginia in May, said she was "shocked and saddened" by the incident.
President Bush told a memorial service: "This is a day of sorrow for the entire nation."
The names of six of the victims have now been released. They were Ryan Clark, Kevin Granata, Jamie Bishop, Emily Hilscher, Prof G V Loganathan, and Prof Liviu Libresscu.
Some 28 students were admitted to hospital after the shootings but all are in a stable condition.
Cho murdered two people in a dormitory before killing 30 more in four classrooms and a stairwell two hours later.
He then shot himself in the head. His body was found among some of his victims.
"All the school shootings that have ended abruptly in the last 10 years were stopped because a law-abiding citizen -- a potential victim -- had a gun," said Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America.