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(Chicago Breaking News)   Details from VT gunman's suicide note revealed, blames actions on "rich kids" and "debauchery" but makes no mention of Anna Nicole Smith, Don Imus or violent video games   (chicagotribune.com) divider line 892
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2007-04-17 12:07:03 PM
"He was very quiet, always by himself," neighbor Abdul Shash said of the gunman

heh! the cliche is always there in these stories. 'he was a quiet man,' neighbors said
 
2007-04-17 12:07:33 PM
Yes, Subby but you know he was thinking of them.
 
2007-04-17 12:07:44 PM
Sources: College gunman left note

By Aamer Madhani
Tribune national correspondent
Published April 17, 2007, 10:48 AM CDT

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- The suspected gunman in the Virginia Tech shooting rampage, Cho Seung-Hui, was a troubled 23-year-old senior from South Korea who investigators believe left an invective-filled note in his dorm room, sources say.

The note included a rambling list of grievances, according to sources. They said Cho also died with the words "Ismail Ax" in red ink on the inside of one of his arms.

Cho had shown recent signs of violent, aberrant behavior, according to an investigative source, including setting a fire in a dorm room and allegedly stalking some women.

A note believed to have been written by Cho was found in his dorm room that railed against "rich kids," "debauchery" and "deceitful charlatans" on campus.

The English major from Centreville, Va., a rapidly growing suburb of Washington, D.C., came to the United States in 1992, an investigative source said. He was a legal permanent resident.

His family runs a dry cleaning business and he has a sister who graduated from Princeton University, according to the source.

Investigators believe Cho at some point had been taking medication for depression. They are examining Cho's computer for more evidence.

The gunman's family lived in an off-white, two-story town house in Centreville.

"He was very quiet, always by himself," neighbor Abdul Shash said of the gunman. Shash said the gunman spent a lot of his free time playing basketball, and wouldn't respond if someone greeted him. He described the family as quiet.

Marshall Main, who lives across the street, said the family had lived in the townhouse for several years.

According to court records, Virginia Tech Police issued a speeding ticket to Cho on April 7 for going 44 mph in a 25 mph zone, and he had a court date set for May 23.

Cho was found among the 31 dead found in an engineering hall. Police said the victims laid over four classrooms and a stairwell.

"He was a loner," said Larry Hincker, a university spokesman, who added that investigators are having some difficulty unearthing information about him.

A law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the information had not been announced, said Cho was carrying a backpack that contained receipts for a March purchase of a Glock 9 mm pistol.

Ballistics tests by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms showed that one gun was used in Monday's two separate campus attacks that were two hours apart.

As a permanent legal resident of the United States, Cho was eligible to buy a handgun unless he had been convicted of any felony criminal charges, a federal immigration official said.

Police said Cho killed 30 people in a Virginia Tech engineering building Monday morning and then killed himself.

Another two students were shot to death two hours earlier in a dorm room on the opposite side of the university's sprawling 2,600-acre campus, bringing the day's death toll to 33.

Students at Harper Hall, the campus dormitory where Cho lived, said they had little interaction with him and no insight into what might have motivated the attack.

Timothy Johnson, a student from Annandale, Va., said people would say hello to Cho in passing, but nobody knew him well.

People are pretty upset," Johnson said. "He's a monster; he can't be normal. I can't believe I said 'hi' to him in the hall and then he killed all those people."

Officials said the same gun was used in the attack in the dorm room and the larger-scale classroom killings.

"At this time, the evidence does not conclusively identify Cho as the gunman at both locations," said Col. W. Steven Flaherty, superintendent of Virginia State Police.

The new details were revealed as the university readied itself for a day of mourning. A convocation is set for today, which President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush said they would attend, and thousands of students and Blacksburg residents are expected to come together later in the day for a candlelight vigil.

All classes at Virginia Tech will be closed for the remainder of the week, said school President Charles Steger.

Some victims' names released

Among the dead were professors Liviu Librescu and Kevin Granata and G.V. Longanathan, 51, a civil and environmental engineering professor.

Ryan Clark, 22, of Martinez, Ga., biology and English major, was one of the students killed in the dormitory, according to the Columbia County coroner's office.

Students who were in Librescu's engineering class at Norris Hall told the Tribune late Monday that the professor tried to protect the students in his class when they realized a gunmen was loose in the building.

Alec Calhoun was in Librescu's solid mechanics engineering class when gunfire erupted in the room next door. He said Librescu, went to the door and pushed himself against it in case the shooter tried to come in.

Librescu, an Israeli, was born in Romania and was known internationally for his research in aeronautical engineering.

Fifteen victims, including three who originally were listed in critical condition, were listed in stable or good condition and two remained in critical condition, wire services reported.
 
2007-04-17 12:07:51 PM
That's why the USA needs better Rich Kids Control!
 
2007-04-17 12:08:38 PM
haha silly asian.

rich kids dont go to VT
 
2007-04-17 12:09:20 PM
Seriously people, the kid was going to put "video games" on the list of reasons why but he just didn't have the time...Word crashed...or something...

The "experts" will somehow still spin it saying it was video games...
 
2007-04-17 12:09:52 PM
never mind, I didn't submit this one, I submitted one with the same headline, minus the Anna Nicole Smith reference
 
2007-04-17 12:10:11 PM
Ban the rich?
 
2007-04-17 12:10:19 PM

But, but, but........ how was his anus?????

Remarkable or not?????

 
2007-04-17 12:10:22 PM
According to court records, Virginia Tech Police issued a speeding ticket to Cho on April 7 for going 44 mph in a 25 mph zone,

WHY DIDN'T WE SEE TEH WARNING SIGNS??!?
 
2007-04-17 12:10:42 PM
Shash said the gunman spent a lot of his free time playing basketball...

I blame basketball for this violent outburst! We need to start rating these 'ball' games to shield our children from their inappropriate content.
 
2007-04-17 12:10:50 PM
It was in the missing second page of his note
 
2007-04-17 12:10:54 PM
cos u got cookies?...mmm...
 
2007-04-17 12:11:01 PM
If he didn't like "rich kids", then living in Northern Virginia must have sucked.
 
2007-04-17 12:11:58 PM
Clearly video games are not to blame.

All the media are reporting this event as a rampage.

In video games, a rampage looks like this:
www.aml.yorku.ca

This sicko did not transform himself into a giant monkey and smash buildings. Clearly, this is not a video game rampage.
 
2007-04-17 12:12:17 PM
he took out 31 people with just a handgun? I expected to see he had an uzi or something of that sort, I wonder if it'll come out that he had some kind of formal weapons training...
 
2007-04-17 12:12:46 PM
i2.photobucket.com

He made me do it.
 
2007-04-17 12:12:58 PM
FTA:

People are pretty upset," Johnson said. "He's a monster; he can't be normal. I can't believe I said 'hi' to him in the hall and then he killed all those people."

This is definitely to be expected.

People don't want to accept the fact that the people they live/work with will, sometimes, simply snap.

They'd rather think of them as inhuman monsters instead of thinking of them as normal people who went off the deep end.
 
2007-04-17 12:13:03 PM
deceitful charlatans . . .
 
2007-04-17 12:13:26 PM
His family runs a dry cleaning business.


HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH. these stories just write themselves.
 
2007-04-17 12:13:28 PM
There is only one solution....we must ban rich kids!
They drove this man to kill!
 
2007-04-17 12:13:36 PM
I expected to see he had an uzi or something of that sort, I wonder if it'll come out that he had some kind of formal weapons training...

when you have enough ammo and you've chained the door shut and all you're facing is unarmed people, all you really need is a handgun
 
2007-04-17 12:13:41 PM
The media whores like Dr. Phil and Jack Thompson are already blaming the video games. Egads. I think the Golden Child that brought personal responsibility was killed about 15 years ago.
 
2007-04-17 12:13:44 PM
i just don't know what to say anymore
 
2007-04-17 12:13:59 PM
a123.g.akamai.net
 
2007-04-17 12:14:19 PM
Didn't ask me to register
 
2007-04-17 12:14:27 PM
His family runs a dry cleaning business.

Ancient Chinese secret.
 
2007-04-17 12:14:28 PM
Folks, it it high time we started outlawing loners in America.

Let's start a petition.
 
2007-04-17 12:14:40 PM
albo: and you've chained the door shut

hmmm musta missed that detail
 
2007-04-17 12:14:56 PM
["What went on during that incident certainly caused tremendous chaos and panic in Norris Hall," Flaherty said, describing how victims were found in four classrooms and in the stairwell of the school's engineering science and mechanics building.]

farker just didn't want to flip burgers for rich silicon valley engineers the rest of his life? GET A REAL MAJOR. NONE OF THIS SOCIO-POLITICAL ART STUDIES CRAPOLA.
 
2007-04-17 12:15:04 PM
He clearly hated our freedom!
 
2007-04-17 12:15:10 PM
"His family runs a dry cleaning business and he has a sister who graduated from Princeton University, according to the source."

hahahahaha
 
2007-04-17 12:15:12 PM
"Ismail Ax" ???
 
2007-04-17 12:15:29 PM
Well, it's the first time I've seen the word "charlatan" used in quite a while. I wonder if we can look forward to more Victorian Era words as more details are released. Silly english major.
 
2007-04-17 12:15:32 PM
His family runs a dry cleaning business

I think the kid was peeved at being a living cliche
 
2007-04-17 12:15:43 PM
"deceitful charlatans" = Fox News?
 
2007-04-17 12:15:53 PM
"Ismail Ax" is an anagram for "I mail sax." That explains everything.
 
2007-04-17 12:15:54 PM
Didn't make me register, popped up first try. Whatever.

You know, if that were true (the killing because of rich kids, et al), then I'dve probably killed the majority of the kids in high school seeing as how I went to a school KNOWN for it's preppy whiners. Oddly enough, it's in VA. SE Va, but still.

/Wasn't rich
//Enjoyed emotionally torturing them rather than shooting.
 
2007-04-17 12:15:58 PM
Didn't ask me to register either...CAUSE I'M ULTRAFA$*$%^(!%+++NO CARRIER
 
2007-04-17 12:16:22 PM
Apparently a University in Austin Texas has just been evacuated.
 
2007-04-17 12:16:46 PM
Maybe the guy went to one to many websites with too much flash advertisements. This link had 3.
 
2007-04-17 12:17:02 PM
You know if "debauchery" was included on his list of reasons he went nuts, this kid needed to get his debauchery on badly.

"Sexual orgies eliminate tension and ought to be encouraged." ~ Justice Antonin Scalia
 
2007-04-17 12:17:06 PM
His family runs a dry cleaning business
Obviously it was the trichlorethane that caused it.
 
2007-04-17 12:17:32 PM
ShadowPenguin: he took out 31 people with just a handgun? I expected to see he had an uzi or something of that sort, I wonder if it'll come out that he had some kind of formal weapons training...

Did anyone even try to rush the guy? If no, why not. It's hard to believe that fear overrode the desire to live in every case. When you toss in the fact he just had a couple hand guns you really have to wonder why people weren't willing to try to fight back.
 
2007-04-17 12:17:36 PM
The gunman's family lived in an off-white, two-story town house in Centreville.

Um, can someone tell me why the color and size of the house is relevant?

Marshall Main, who lives across the street, said the family had lived in the townhouse for several years.

Fantastic. Why don't you give the family an open door to be harassed or have potentially violent occurences? Simply irresponsible.
 
2007-04-17 12:17:43 PM
His note also speaks of a Druid Nerf.
 
2007-04-17 12:17:47 PM
68.97.54.115:8080
 
2007-04-17 12:17:52 PM
Interesting. Cho Seung-Hui looks just like a kid I went to school with.
 
2007-04-17 12:18:14 PM
If Rich Kids are outlawed, then only outlaws will have Rich Kids.
 
2007-04-17 12:18:37 PM
People are pretty upset," Johnson said. "He's a monster; he can't be normal. I can't believe I said 'hi' to him in the hall and then he killed all those people."

Wow. With insightful thought processing like that, how they hell did you get into college, Timothy?
 
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