Cho Seung-Hui, 23, a South Korean green-card holder to the US, has been identified as the gunman who carried out Monday’s Virginia Tech University massacre, the worst campus killing in US history.
He killed 32 people before committing suicide. Cho was studying English at the US university.
A love motive is presumed as one of the first victims was his girlfriend. Cho shot himself dead after police began to close in on him. A hate-filled note denouncing “rich kids” and “debauchery” has since been found in his dorm room.
Police confirmed only one Glock pistol was used in the killings, refuting earlier stories of two gunmen. Cho shot two people in a dorm room before moving to Norris Hall, where he went from class to class shooting students and professors. Most of the bodies were found in four classes and one stairwell. Cho locked the doors of the building to stop people from escaping.
One professor, Israeli Liviu Librescu, 72, held the door shut while his students jumped from the class windows. Cho shot him dead, firing through the door.
Indian student Chinmay Bhamne, who was in the building next to Norris Hall during the violence, said: “Security issued a warning, but since the university had already had two false bomb threats in recent weeks, we didn’t take it seriously.”