Top 15 Most Prolific Rampage Killers: #9
Name: Seung Hui Cho
Date: 16th April 2007
Location: Virginia, USA
No. of Victims: 33
- Cho begins his rampage at 7.15am, fatally shooting Emily Hilscher and her RA Ryan Clark, he returns to his own dorm after this to change from his bloody clothes. Police discover the two bodies at around 8am and informs the Vice President of Virginia Tech, and although Blacksburg public schools lock their outer doors after hearing of the homicides, the university provides no other on campus security other than that posted at the scene of the crime. (Hilscher’s boyfriend was initially the suspect).
- At 9am Cho mails the infamous video tapes to NBC and then proceeds to the campus, chaining shut the three main entrances to Norris Hall. No one sees or notices Cho until he opens fire at 9.40am, in room 206 where an engineering class is in progress. He kills the professor and 8 of the 13 students.
- Cho then crosses the hall to room 207 where there is a German class in progress, he shoots the professor and fires at the other students. Meanwhile in room 205, Scientific Computer students hear the shots and barricade the door, Cho attempts to break in but fails and shoots at students through the door. No one in 205 is injured.
- Students in room 211 are not so lucky. Madame Jocelyn Couture-Nowak is teaching French, and upon hearing the shots asks a student to phone the police. The students place a desk against the door, but it is pushed open by Cho who walks up and down the aisle shooting students. Emily Haas is grazed twice in the head, but plays dead, and keeps the line on her phone open to the police so they can hear.
- Cho leaves 211 and attempts to break in to room 205 again, but students are keeping the door shut. He returns to room 211 and fires again upon the students. All students in 211 are injured or dead.
- He moves down the hall to room 204, where Prof. Liviu Librescu has braced his body against the door whilst instructing students to flee through the windows. 10 escape, but 2 are caught and 1 killed by Cho, who shot Librescu through the door and barged in. He returns to room 206 and shoots more students.
- At 9.51am Cho hears the police finally breaking through an unchained door and shoots himself. His body is discovered among his victims in room 211. In total he fired 174 rounds and killed 31, inc himself. The massacre lasted only 11 minutes.
Cho had shown signs of mental health problems throughout his childhood, but the middle and high schools he attended provided well for it. Whilst in middle school he attended therapy for selective mutism and depression. He had also been put on medication after his creative writing had shown homicidal tendencies, and an unhealthy interest in the Columbine Massacre.
At University, however, his decreasing and insufficient treatment was to have even less effect. Cho had a book idea rejected by a publisher in New York which left him angry and depressed. Throughout his time at Virginia Tech he had harassed several girls with “annoying” messages through IM, phone and in person. After being told by police that he is to have no contact with one female he replised, “I might as well kill myself now.” He is reported by his roommate for this disturbing behaviour, and is committed overnight to a mental health facility where he was described as, “an imminent danger to himself and others.” In 2006 for a creative writing course at VT he writes a story about a young man who hates his fellow students and plans to kill them, it bore a strong resemblance to the actual events of 2007.