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Statement from Va. Tech president Charles Steger

The following is a statement issued by Virginia Tech President Charles Steger on Monday afternoon after the fatal shootings in Blacksburg, Va.



Well, today the university was struck with a tragedy that we
consider of monumental proportions. There were two shootings which
occurred on campus. In each case there were fatalities. The
university is shocked and indeed horrified that this would befall
us, and I want to extend my deepest and most sincere and profound
sympathy to the families of these victims, which include our
students.


We are currently in the process of notifying next of kin. The
Virginia Tech police are being assisted by numerous other
jurisdictions including Montgomery County. Crime scenes are being
investigated by the university police, the FBI and the state
police.


We continue to work to identify the victims that have been
impacted by this tragedy. I cannot begin to convey my own personal
sense of loss over this senseless and incomprehensible heinous act.
The university will immediately set up counseling centers. So far,
centers have been identified in Ambler Johnston and the Cook
counseling center to work with our campus community and their
families.


Now here are some of the facts as we know them. At about 7:15
this morning, a 911 call came to the university police department
concerning an event in West Ambler Johnston Hall. There were
multiple shooting victims. While in the process of investigating,
about two hours later, the university received reports of a
shooting in Norris Hall. The police immediately responded.


The shooter in Norris Hall is deceased. There are multiple
fatalities. The number of fatalities has not been confirmed.
Victims have been transported to various hospitals in the immediate
area in the region to receive emergency treatment. And we will
proceed to contact the next of kin as the victims' identities are
available. All classes are canceled and the university is closed
for the remainder of the day.


The university will open tomorrow at 8:00 a.m., but classes will
be canceled on Tuesday. The police are currently staging the
release of people from campus buildings. Families wishing to
reunite with their students are suggested to meet at the Inn at
Virginia Tech, the building that we're in today. Were making plans
for a convocation tomorrow at noon in Cassell Coliseum for the
university to come together to begin the healing process from this
terrible tragedy.


That ends my prepared comments.