April 18, 2007
Breaking: VA Tech Shooter Sent Package to NBCThis just in from MSNBC:
Sometime after he killed two people in a Virginia university dormitory but before he slaughtered 30 more in a classroom building Monday morning, Cho Seung-Hui mailed NBC News a large package, including photographs and videos, lamenting that “I didn’t have to do this,” the network said Wednesday...NBC immediately turned the package over to the FBI.
The report also mentioned that as early as 2005, police obtained a temporary detention order against Cho after two female students complained of "annoying" messages and calls from him.
ABC News reports that a court actually found him mentally ill:
The evaluation came from a psychiatric hospital near Virginia Tech, where Cho was taken by police in December 2005, after two female schoolmates said they received threatening messages from him, and police and school officials became concerned that he might be suicidal.This raises a lot of questions:
1. Why was this young man let loose after being deemed dangerous to himself and others? Correction: I misread the quote above. He was not deemed a danger to others, but was still a danger to himself. If not detention, that should warrant at the very least, some supervision.
2. Why was psychological care not mandated and carried out?
3. Why did this information not turn up during the background check when he purchased the gun in Roanoke, Virginia?
4. Were the school and his parents informed? If so, what action did they take? If not, why not?
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