Tuesday, April 17, 2007

US - gunman named by police

Following the tragedy at Virginia Tech, news stations in the UK have been saturated with coverage. Sky News has covered few other stories today and along with CNN have kept viewers up to date with new information emerging at press conferences. One new fact to emerge today was the name of the gunman. Identified from fingerprints on a handgun, police named him as Cho Seung-Hui, a 23 year old South Korean who was living and studying in the US. Later reports soon emerged suggesting he had recently become ‘increasingly violent and disturbed’ according to one student. Another report suggested he had left notes in his room which heavily criticized richer students at the university. He has also been described as ‘troubled’ by one professor, whilst others have said he was a ’loner’. There are conflicting reports as to how many weapons have been found by police. Most report the finding of a 9mm Glock handgun. Other reports say that a Walther P22 handgun was also found at the scene [CNN]. In some of the more tragic details to be revealed it was reported that Liviu Librescu, a professor and holocaust survivor, apparently died trying to save students. There are currently 17 injured people being treated in hospital. All are described as stable. Sky and BBC are looking at the possible ramifications following the shootings, and whether new gun laws might be implemented. According to Sky News, there over 200 million guns in the US; at least one for each member of the population. In particular both networks looked at the lax gun laws in the state of Virginia. US networks have so far avoided the repercussions and how gun laws might be affected. It was the grief, the shock and the condolences being sent by world leaders that CNN concentrated upon.

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