Massacre at Virginia Tech

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With 32 deaths, plus the gunman, Monday's shootings at Virginia Tech now rank as the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history.

It began early Monday morning, when a gunman opened fire in a Virginia Tech dorm, killing two people. Two hours later, the gunfire resumed in a classroom building across campus, taking another 30 lives.

The gunman then committed suicide, bringing the death toll to 33.

Investigators are offering no motive for the attack. The gunman hasn't yet been identified. No word on whether he was a student.

Virginia Tech's police chief isn't saying how many weapons the gunman carried. But a law enforcement official says there were two pistols and multiple clips of ammunition.

The shootings spread panic and confusion on the Virginia Tech campus. Witnesses reported seeing students jumping out the windows of a classroom building to escape the gunfire. SWAT team members swarmed over the campus. Students and faculty members carried out some of the wounded themselves, without waiting for ambulances to arrive.

At least 26 people are being treated at three area hospitals for gunshot wounds and other injuries.

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