A fourth-year student from South Korea was behind the massacre of at least 30 people locked inside a Virginia Tech campus building in the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history, the university said Tuesday.
Ballistics tests also found that one of the guns used in that attack was also used in a shooting two hours earlier at a dorm that left two people
dead, Virginia State Police said.
Police identified the shooter as Cho Seung-hui, 23, a senior in the university's English department who lived on campus.
South Korea's Foreign Ministry expressed its condolences on Tuesday to victims after it emerged that the suspect in the shootings was of South Korean origin.
Earlier, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said the suspect had gone to live in the United States while in primary school and had permanent residency there while maintaining his South Korean citizenship, citing an unnamed official.
Cho committed suicide after the attacks, and there was no indication Tuesday of any possible motive.
Two law enforcement officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because the information had not been announced, said Cho's fingerprints were found on the guns used in the shootings.
The serial numbers on the two weapons had been filed off, the officials said.
One law enforcement official said Cho was carrying a backpack that contained receipts for a March purchase of a Glock 9 mm pistol.
Col. Steve Flaherty, superintendent of the Virginia State Police, said it was reasonable to assume that Cho was the shooter in both attacks but that
link was yet definitive.
The first deadly attack, at a dormitory around 7:15 a.m., left two people dead. But some students said they did not get their first warning about a
danger on campus until two hours later, in an e-mail at 9:26 a.m. By then the second attack had begun.
Police were still investigating around 9:15 a.m., when a gunman wielding two handguns and carrying multiple clips of ammunition stormed Norris Hall, a classroom building a half-mile away on the other side of the 2,600-acre (1,052-hectares) campus.
The slayings left people of this once-peaceful mountain town and the university at its heart praying for the victims and struggling to find order
in a tragedy of such unspeakable horror it defies reason.
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