A gunman went on a rampage at a university in the eastern U.S. state of Virginia Monday, killing at least 32 people before apparently killing himself, in the deadliest shooting in U.S. history.
The president of at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, Charles Steger, told reporters 15 other people are being treated at area hospitals.
Many of the dead are students who were shot in their classrooms. Investigators are trying to determine whether the gunman killed himself or was shot by police. Officials do not yet know the motive, nor the suspect's identity.
The rampage took place in two separate areas of the large Virginia Tech campus about two hours apart Monday morning. The first shooting was in a student residence hall, West Ambler Johnston, and the other was in a classroom building, Norris Hall. The shootings spread panic and confusion on campus, with witnesses reporting students jumping out of classroom windows to escape the gunman.
The police say they do not know for sure that the two shootings were connected.
Police secured the campus in Blacksburg after searching for hours for a possible second gunman. Virginia Tech's web site warned students to stay inside and keep their doors locked during the ordeal.
Classes have been canceled for Monday and Tuesday, and counseling services are available for traumatized students.
Virginia Tech is a state university with about 26-thousand students. It is located in the southwest corner of the state, about 386 kilometers from Washington, D.C.
The university's web site says that more than one-thousand-400 international students are enrolled at Virginia Tech in any given year.