The shooter in the a href=”http://www.canada.com/topics/news/world/story.html?id=157a859b-b6e5-438a-a8be-0aef713d985ak=64044″VT massacre has been identified:/a br /br /blockquotePolice identified the classroom shooter as Cho Seung-Hui, 23, a senior from South Korea who was in the English department and lived in another dorm on campus. They said Cho committed suicide after the attacks, and there was no indication Tuesday of a possible motive. br /br /”He was a loner, and we’re having difficulty finding information about him,” school spokesman Larry Hincker said./blockquote br /br /It seems that everyone is blaming the “American gun culture” on what happened but perhaps Cho Seung-Hui took his cues from anothera href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woo_Bum-Kon” infamous mass murderer, Woo Bum-Kon,/a also from Korea: br /br /blockquoteBum-Kon had an argument with his live-in girlfriend in the afternoon of April 26, 1982. Enraged, he left the house and went to the police armory, where he began consuming large amounts of whiskey. He became moderately drunk, raided the police armory of its weapons and built a personal arsenal. Bum-Kon then stole a single high-powered rifle and some grenades and left the armory. It was by this point around dinner time. He walked from house to house, and abused his position as a police officer to make people feel safe and gain entry to the home. Then he shot the victims, or killed the entire family with a grenade. He continued this pattern for the next eight hours, and into the early morning hours of April 27./blockquotebr /br /Bum-Kon committed the worse mass murder in known history, killing 58 people–could the Virginia shooter have been trying to do the same?br /br /strongUpdate:/strong Commenter sophizo points out in the post below a href=”http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/17/AR2007041700563.html?hpid=topnews”this article from the Washington Post/a which states that the killer was an “English major from Centreville” and that he was a native of South Korea and immigrated to the US as a child. The article also indicates that the woman killed in the first dormitory shooting had no link to the killer. Thanks to the commenter for pointing out this article.
April 17, 2007 - 7:37 am