Beamer 'in shock' after Virginia Tech tragedy

Updated: April 17, 2007, 1:38 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

With the Virginia Tech campus under seige after at least 33 people were killed by a gunman Monday morning, Hokies football coach Frank Beamer responded to the tragedy that shook the campus in Blacksburg, Va.

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"How could one person cause so many senseless deaths? I'm in shock," Beamer told ESPN's Joe Schad. "This is such a caring, friendly place. This is a college town. And now one person has an impact like this?"

Virginia Tech spokesman Bryan Johnston said that all 110 football players had been accounted for.

"We were still trying to reach a few guys, but everyone has spoken to someone," Johnston said.

Beamer spoke shortly after the university ordered the evacuation of the campus at 12:30 p.m. ET.

"We found out this morning and our assistant coaches have been trying to reach all of our players. We're trying to find out if everybody is OK. The players are going to be going home to their apartments and dorms."

The tragedy reminded Virginia Tech starting quarterback Sean Glennon of the shooting rampage at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo.

"We all heard so much about Columbine and this is worse," Glennon told Schad. "It's sickening. It's sickening to know that 22 of the students that I go to class with are dead.

"Any and every loss is tragic. I'm just praying that none of the victims are my teammates. I've been trying to call as many as I can. And so far, so good."

Glennon said he was about to go to campus when one of his teammates called and informed him of the situation. He said his sister was a bit shaken up because she was headed to one of the classrooms where the shooter was.

"I wish this guy was alive," Glennon said. "I wish we could find out why he did this. But he's sad. He took the easy way out."

Beamer said practice was cancelled Monday and the university confirmed all athletic activities for Monday and Tuesday have been called off. The school also said the softball game game between Virginia Tech and East Tennessee State in Bristol, Tenn. has been cancelled.

He also said counselors are available to students across the campus.

"It's hard to say how this will impact our community or our team. What I know is that one person has affected at least 22 families and countless friends. And it's senseless. All so senseless," Beamer said.

Joe Schad is ESPN TV's national college football reporter. ESPN.com's Andy Katz also contributed to this story.