Category: Spree Killing
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Date: April 16, 2007
Crime: The deadliest peacetime massacre by a single gunman in United States history occurred on the campus of Virginia Tech University. In two separate attacks, over a period of just 3 hours, Cho gunned down thirty two and wounded twenty three others with a Glock 19 and Walther P22 handgun. The incident ended when the perpetrator committed suicide.
Biography: Seung-Hui Cho was an English major in his senior year at Virginia Tech. For years he had been battling a severe anxiety disorder which was diagnosed while he was in middle school. Cho's earlier college career was not without incident as he was accused of stalking two female students and ultimately declared mentally ill by a Virginia special justice. In Cho's junior year, there were an increasing number of incidents of disturbing behavior which should have served as a clear warning sign to his escalating mental condition. The assault began at 7:15 a.m. with the shooting of two students who resided in the dorm building next to his. After carrying out this shooting, he went back to his dorm room, changed his clothes, erased his computer files and removed the hard drive. He then mailed a package to NBC News from a nearby Post Office. Then, nearly two hours after the first shooting, he walked to the location he had chosen for the second set of shootings and opened fire. He was carrying a backpack filled with chains, a hammer, a knife, two guns and over 400 rounds of ammunition. In the package he mailed to NBC News, he had placed several digital recordings and an 1800 page manifesto describing his hatred for the wealthy. He described himself as the savior of the world's oppressed and downtrodden. As have many other perpetrators of these types of assault, Cho ended it by killing himself.
Seung-Hui Cho holds gun to his head . . .