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Virginia Tech / Massacre #857590

ABC Evening News for Monday, Apr 16, 2007
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(Studio: Charles Gibson) The tragic shooting rampage by a lone gunman at Virginia Tech University introduced; scenes and photos shown.

(Blacksburg, Virginia: David Kerley) The campus tragedy reviewed; student cell phone video played with gunshots heard; scenes shown from the campus. [Students Trey PERKINS†, Kristen WICKHAM†- describe what happened in the classroom and dorm shooting.] [Police Chief Wendell FLINCHUM†, president Charles STEGER†- list the fatalities.] Timetable outlined of the shooting with campus diagram shown. [Voice of student Josh WARGO†- recounts what happened.] The description of the gunman who killed himself cited.

(Studio: Charles Gibson) Map of the campus shown.

(Studio: Charles Gibson) 1st person accounts from Virginia Tech students Alec Calhoun, Perkins and Wargo presented; cell phone video from Jamal al-Bargbouti††† and campus scenes shown. [Voices of CALHOUN, PERKINS, WARGO - describe what happened in the shooting.]

(Studio: Charles Gibson) Report introduced.

(Washington: Pierre Thomas) The critical question of why it took two hours to notify the students following the dormitory shooting examined; scenes shown from campus. [FLINCHUM, STEGER - says we believed it was an isolated event at Ambler Johnston.] [Voice of student Michelle BILLMAN†- comments.] [Former emergency management official Jerry HAUER†- says most campus police departments are not prepared to deal with shootings.] The 1966 shooting at the University of Texas, the 1991 shooting {by Gang Lu††} at the of University of Iowa and the 2002 law school shooting at the Appalachian School of Law recalled. The problem of securing such an open campus like Virginia Tech discussed.

(Studio: Charles Gibson) Report introduced.

(New York: Bill Blakemore) The students' instant Internet online response to the tragedy examined; details given about with several student blog entries quoted. [Voice of student Gina OM†- comments,]

(Studio: Charles Gibson) President Bush's address to the nation about the incident reviewed. [BUSH - says our nation grieves....]

(Studio: Charles Gibson) Live interview held with former FBI investigator ABC News consultant Brad Garrett about this act of violence. [GARRETT - comments on the police reaction, what the investigators will now do with the investigation of the initial homicide, the shooter and his initial victim; says you cannot secure a wide-open college campus.]

(Studio: Charles Gibson) The 1966 shooting from the school clock tower at the University of Texas recalled; footage shown.

(Washington: Jake Tapper) The public outcry following the shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, eight years ago by Dylan Kleibold and Eric Harris recalled; details given about gun laws and the move in Texas to allow people to carry concealed handguns after the shooting at the Luby's cafeteria. [Former Columbine student Marjorie LINDHOLM†- says nothing has changed since Columbine.] Gallup Poll findings on the public's view of the causes of gun violence outlined on screen. [In 2000, presidential candidate BUSH - talks about the larger law.]

(Studio: Charles Gibson) The heavy debate on the ABC Website about gun laws noted.

Gibson, Charles;
Kerley, David;
Thomas, Pierre;
Blakemore, Bill;
Tapper, Jake

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