Over a two-hour span, the gunman then crossed the 2,600-acre campus where he continued his shooting rampage at the engineering building, Norris Hall.
Virginia Tech president Charles Steger said, "Today the university was struck with a tragedy that we consider of monumental proportions. The university is shocked and indeed horrified."
According to police, one man who shot and killed himself was responsible for the shootings. As reported by CNN, the gunman has been identified as Cho Seung-hui, a 23-year-old English major at the university.
Through email and text-messaging students and school officials communicated the horrific events and police instructions. Several classrooms were in "lock down" with the lights off, blinds closed and students under desks during the attack. Other students captured vivid video on cell phones during the rampage and called into news programs to report the events.
The number of dead and wounded totals 33 including the shooter. At least 17 others were wounded.
Classes were cancelled Friday in three buildings after receiving a bomb threat. Also, on April 2, WDBJ in Roanoke reported Torgersen Hall was evacuated after a police received a written bomb threat.
On August 21, 2006, the university campus was shut down on what would have been the first day of classes and students told to remain inside after an escaped jail inmate William Morva, who shot two people to death, was spotted on campus.