South Korean student behind the carnage that claimed 32 lives

BLACKSBURG (Virginia): Anger and grief gripped the campus of Virginia Tech University on Tuesday as police identified the gunman behind the deadliest campus shooting in United States' history as a South Korean student ``loner.''

The rampage at the university in southwestern Virginia, which left 32 people dead, was carried out by Cho Seung-Hui, 23, an English major at Virginia Tech, police said.

G.V. Loganathan (51), a professor, was among those killed. Minal Panchal, a student from India, is missing.

Loganathan, a native of Gobichettipalayam in Erode district of Tamil Nadu, was an alumnus of the IIT, Kanpur. He was taking classes in the civil and environmental engineering department at the time of the shooting.

The professor, who is survived by his wife and two daughters, had been teaching at the varsity for the past 15 years.

Gunman's note

Chicago Tribune and ABC News reported that Cho left behind a note in his dormitory in which he railed against ``rich kids.''

``You caused me to do this,'' he wrote in the several-page-long note that railed against ``debauchery'' and ``deceitful charlatans.''

Steve Flaherty, superintendent of the state police, told reporters that Cho had been living in a campus dormitory. He was a resident alien in the U.S.

Cho had shown recent signs of ``violent, aberrant behavior,'' including stalking women and causing a fire in a dorm room, the newspaper reported.

Cho shot himself in the head as police closed in on Norris Hall, where he methodically gunned down students and faculty members after chaining the doors of the building from inside.

Mr. Flaherty said a 9mm handgun and a .22 caliber handgun were recovered from Norris Hall and ballistics tests indicated one of the weapons was used in both shootings.

``It certainly is reasonable for us to assume that Cho was the shooter in both places, but we don't have the evidence to take us there at this particular point in time,'' Mr. Flaherty said.

Vigil on campus

Distraught family members and friends kept up a vigil for news of loved ones still missing after the massacre.

Two people were shot dead in an initial attack in a campus dormitory on Monday around 7.15 a.m. The rest were killed in Norris Hall, an engineering building, two-and-a-half hours later.The university lists around 2,000 international students from more than 110 countries, including some 1,800 students of Asian origin in the current academic year. AFP, PTI

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