The gunman responsible for at least the second of the two Virginia Tech attacks that claimed 33 lives to become the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history has been identified as Cho Seung-Hui, a campus student in the United States on a permanent resident visa, Virginia Tech police said Tuesday.
But police are still searching for a motive.
"He was a loner, and we're having difficulty finding information about him," school spokesman Larry Hincker said.
Sources told ABC News that after Cho killed the one female and one male at West Ambler Johnston Monday morning, he returned to his own dorm room where he re-armed and left a "disturbing note" before entering Norris Hall on the other side of campus to continue his rampage and kill 30 more before shooting himself.
The Chicago Tribune reported that the note included a rambling list of grievances that railed against "rich kids," "debauchery" and "deceitful charlatans" on campus. The paper also reported that Cho died with the words "Ismail Ax" in red ink on the inside of one of his arms.
Quoting an "investigative source," the newspaper said Cho had shown recent signs of violent, aberrant behavior, including setting a fire in a dorm room and allegedly stalking some women, and that he was taking medication for depression. The Tribune also reported that Cho's family runs a dry cleaning business and he has a sister who atatended Princeton University. Cho and his family came to the United States in 1992, when he was 8 years old.
Law enforcement officials told ABCNews.com that Cho bought his first gun, a Glock 9mm handgun, on March 13; they say he bought his second weapon, a 22-caliber handgun, within the last week. The serial numbers on both guns had been filed off, sources said.
ABC News also reported that sections of chain similar to those used to lock the main doors at Norris Hall were also found inside a Virginia Tech dorm.
Who is at fault? Is it the president of the university for not having the gift of prophesy? Is it the police chief for not locking up 2600 acres immediately after the first killing because there were going to be more? Is it girl or RA for being in the wrong place at the wrong time? Is it the gun for leaping up into his hand and making him kill everyone? Is it the gun store/show for running his check, finding him clean, and not denying him because he could at any time in the future do something like this? Is it the place that sold him the chain for not running a background check to ensure he was legal before buying it? Is it the legislature for disarming everyone on the campus, making it totally safe for students?
Blame will fall all around, but not on the dead...any of the dead. Blame can't be placed at the feet of a dead man, because there is no sense of justice and/or retribution.
So, the only fact that innocents suffered, and because of his death, innocents in the future will suffer the outcome of his actions.