Born: 18 January 1984
Died: 16 April 2007 (suicide)
Birthplace: South Korea
Best known as: The student who killed 32 others at Virginia Tech in 2007
Cho Seung-Hui committed the deadliest single shooting act in American history when he shot and killed 32 people and then himself at Virginia Tech University on 16 April 2007. Cho was a student at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia when he armed himself with pistols and went on a shooting rampage at the university on a Monday morning. He shot and killed two people in a dormitory, West Ambler Johnston Hall, then two hours later entered Norris Hall, an engineering building across campus, and killed 30 more students and professors. According to a news release from Virginia Tech, Cho was 23 and was "enrolled as an undergraduate student in his senior year as an English major at Virginia Tech. Cho, a South Korean native, was in the U.S. as a resident alien with a residence established in Centerville, Virginia." ABC News reported that Cho "killed two people in a dorm room, returned to his own dorm room where he re-armed and left a 'disturbing note' before entering a classroom building on the other side of campus to continue his rampage." After committing the killings, Cho shot himself to death in Norris Hall.
Extra credit: The previous deadliest campus shooting was committed by Charles Whitman, who killed 16 people with a rifle from the observation deck of a clock tower at the University of Texas in Austin on 1 August 1966... Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is the full formal name of Virginia Tech... The Washington Post reported in August of 2007 that Cho had been treated for a social anxiety disorder called selective mutism while in high school, but that federal law prevented school officials from passing this information to Virginia Tech.
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