Virginia Tech Mass shooting

Virginia Tech

On April 16, 2007, Seung -Hui Cho killed 32 students and wounded 17 at Virginia Polytechnic Insitute. Cho killed himself. It was the deadliest school shooting in US history.

Seung -Hui Cho was born in South Korea. He moved with his family to the United States at the age of eight. In Middle School, he was diagnosed with severe anxiety disorder. Throughout Middle School and High School Cho received therapy and special support.

Cho enrolled at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg Virginia. In 2005 Cho was accused of stalking two female students. After an investigation, he was deemed mentally ill and ordered to undergo mental health treatment. He was not however institutionalized. As a result, he was able to purchase guns.

At 7:15 AM on April 16th, 2007 Cho entered West Ambler Johnston Hall he entered the room of Emily J Hilscher and fatally shot her, he then shot Ryan C Clark who came to her aid. Cho then left the building returned to his dorm deleted items from his computer and mailed a package to NBC news with a manifesto against rich kids in it.

At approximately 9:30 Cho entered Norris Hall. There he went from classroom to classroom randomly shooting students. He continued firing for ten minutes killing five faculty members and an additional twenty-five students before killing himself.

As a result of the shooting, the State of Virginia changed its laws to match national gun control laws when it came to keeping track of mentally ill individuals who wish to buy guns.
The US government passed the first gun control laws in a decade mandating improving state reporting.