Jennie Tal just sent us this via comments. The numbers … my goodness.
BTW an official VT presser is confirming the 20+ fatality figures.
Ok, Second update.
Apparently one of my freinds was shot in the leg at WAJ, the dorm shooting this morning. I have heard he was shot in the leg, heâ€™s an RA there. I have heard there was one female shot and killed in WAJ and a male RA injured on the news.
Unconfirmed, I have heard that at triage there were more than 30 â€œblack tagsâ€ at triage. That means body bags. I hope thatâ€™s not true.
We just got a notice that Faculty and Staff are being evacuated in two shifts. We think students that live of campus can leave too, but weâ€™re not sure.
More to come later!
Updated 11:33 AM EDT
As promised here’s Jennie’s firsthand account so far.
I have pasted her comment here as well in the main post:
Story by Jennie Tal – From VT – Blacksburg, VA for Nelson County Life Magazine
Hello from Blacksburg, Virginia.
Our entire campus is on lockdown right now. Iâ€™m not on campus, thankfully, but this week has been crazy. We had 2 bomb threats last week and now a shooting.
There have been rumors flying, but there is also some verified information. Here is what the school has said via emails and notifications on the website:
-The first email was recieved at 9:29 this morning. It said there was a shooting in West Ambler Johnston, a dorm on the VT campus.
-The second email came at 9:54. It said a shooter was loose on campus and to stay in buildings. It was obviously hurried and not punctuated correctly.
-The third email was a cancellation of classes. That was at 10:26.
-The fourth email was received at 11:03 that detailed (to some extent) the first shooting and notified us of a second shooting in Norris Hall. It also said that the police have one shooter in custody and that they are searching for more. Campus is on lockdown.
Iâ€™ve heard a number of other things from various sources. I have two freinds in Derring Hall, near Norris, and one in Slusher, closer to West AJ. Students have been scared and flourished. No one is allowed to leave or come onto campus. Students have come on the news saying they have jumped out of windows in Norris and seen a man come out of the building covered in blood. Also, the emergency speakers intended for weather use were used today to let everyone know to stay inside and away from windows.
That is all Iâ€™ve got for now, but Iâ€™m sure information will keep flowing. Hope to update later.
Know many of you have children at VT that are students on the campus there. We understand that a gunman is lose on the campus. Our own NCL transcriptionist, Jennie Tal, is a senior there. She is the daughter of Rafael & Leslie Tal, owners of The Mark Addy here in Nellysford. Jennie is going to be live blogging for us here so check back for updates throught the day. She is there now.
According to AP one killed there and one injured.
Most Roanoke stations reporting live now.
Jennie will pick it up from here.