OMG. My brother’s girlfriend lives on campus at Virginia Tech.

She’s ok but totally freaked out. They are on lockdown right now.

I’m chatting with her via IM until they evacuate her dorm.

I asked her where her dorm was in relation to all the events and the shootings in West Ambler Johnston were REALLY close to her dorm. I’ll put a pic up shortly.

I’m going to put a post up on 8asians because the report is that the gunman is allegedly “an Asian man” looking for his girlfriend and ended up lining people up and shooting them executioner style.

UPDATE: My post is up at 8asians and is cross-posted below… updates being made to the 8asians post.

Virginia Tech gunman allegedly Asian man

If you have been following the news today then you are aware of the horrific and tragic events that have unfolded this morning at Virginia Tech. First, I’d like to send my heartfelt sympathies to the families of all the victims, many of whom may not know at this moment that their loved ones were harmed.

I first heard about this developing story when I arrived at work and logged into my gmail. I saw the message under the screenname of my brother’s girlfriend “Campus shooting. Under lockdown.” She is a student (graduates next month) at VT who lives on campus. I immediately IMed her and was glad to hear that she was okay. I have been on IM with her all morning, keeping up with the latest news reports as we get them. She still under lockdown in her dorm, waiting for formal evacuation even though it has been hours now.

I was shocked when I realized how close her dorm is to West Ambler Johnston Hall (site of the first shooting in the dorm); WAJ is literally up the hill from her dorm. We heard that the first shooting was a result of a guy arguing with his girlfriend, an RA approached them about the argument and he shot the RA and his gf. I am not sure if this is true, but the report on the other shootings in Norris (Engineering) building is that the gunman lined people up and shot them executioner style.

The gunman is reported to be a male, “Asian, wearing a vest with an “ungodly” amount of ammunition, firing at will.” I wouldn’t be surprised if there is some speculation about race in this event. (We all know about the stereotypes about Asians and engineering.) Over the weekend there were closures due to multiple bomb threats to the Engineering building. With the bulk of the deaths occurring in the Engineering building today, one wonders if there is a connection.

While much more about this story will undoubted be revealed over time, I’d like to take this opportunity to set one thing straight. There is a photo of an Asian man getting cuffed (arrested) being circulated on the AP with the following caption:

An unidentified man is arrested. It is unclear what role he played in the shooting

This is not the shooter!

The crack newsteam at 8asians wants to be first to report that the Asian man seen being cuffed in this photo is Shaozhuo Cui, a photographer for the VT student newspaper. HE IS NOT “THE SHOOTER!” The only thing Shao can be accused of shooting is photographs. Without having heard from him yet, I assume that maybe he got too close to the action before the police took him down. (We try to get Shao’s story here.)

Many people are circulating this photo of Shao and “connecting the dots” between the alleged Asian gunman and this image.

While that’s an interesting thought, all reports are currently reporting that the actual gunman is dead by his own hand…

More to come on this developing story…

UPDATE: Luboš Motl reports a rumor with further details about the identity of the gunman.

According to unconfirmed rumors available to The Reference Frame, the killer was a 6-foot tall male Asian student between 20 and 25 years from Radford University whose girlfriend from Virginia Tech left him. [From Ernie at 8Asians: The killer has been verified as Cho Seung-Hui, a 23-year old Senior from South Korea.] He had two guns and wore a vest with too much ammunition.

In the morning, he went to her dormitory. She was not there so he shot her roommate and some staff of the dormitory. They didn’t shut down the university, so he continued and tried to find the girlfriend in the classroom. He didn’t know the exact location, so he has shot a couple of classes and then himself.

UPDATE: Continuing coverage at metblogs/DC and PlanetBlacksburg

UPDATE @ 5:04pm PST: Shao’s been released, according to the live news conference happening right now. They didn’t name him by name but they said but the “student that was taking pictures and was handcuffed” and now been released.

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9 Responses to “OMG. My brother’s girlfriend lives on campus at Virginia Tech.”

  • YIKES! I hope she remains safe!

  • Hey! This is Ashley – I am the one in lockdown. It is an intense scene here. The last report was 32 dead. I cant believe something like this has happened here at our school. It is quite horrific.


  • God, I am glad your brother’s g/f is okay. Horrible thing to happen.

  • Got your twitter message about this today, Joz. Glad to hear she is okay. What a horrific day for all involved. :(

  • OMG!! **Hugs** I’m glad EVERYONE is okay there. Yet, so upsetting about the rest of the people. I am so upset for them and their family. I heard about the Asian shooter and kept thinking of you and wondered how you were doing and then I read this here. OMG!! **Hugs** I hope everyone gets some type of answers and can find some type of peace soon> **Hugs**

  • I was listening to coverage on NPR this morning and I was surprised at how much they played up the Asian angle. It does not sit well with me, at all. At this point, I think the focus needs to be why the campus was not put on immediate lockdown and why the hell they would EMAIL students about the danger and not, I don’t know, broadcast some sort of message or mobilize security to alert everyone immediately. Better safe than sorry. My 2 cents.

  • This is Ashley’s mother. I thank you all for the thoughts and prayers for Ashley yesterday and I thank Joz for being there, through IMs, when Ashley was scared and alone during all this. Continue to keep the parents less fortunate than we were in your thoughts.

  • i’m thinking about changing the name of my blog

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