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Shooter Identified in Virginia Tech Univ. Massacre

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BLACKSBURG, VA-- The shooter has been identified in the massacre at Virginia Tech University as Cho Seung-Hui.  He was a 23-year-old senior undergraduate student studying English.

The Virginia State Police say ballistics tests show one of the guns that was found after the shooting rampage was used in both shootings, at the dorm and at the classroom building. The incident ended with the gunman's suicide, bringing the death toll from the two separate shootings to 33, and leaving 28 injured.

A police official says it's "reasonable" to assume that Cho was the shooter in both cases, but authorities haven't made the link for sure. A law enforcement official says Cho was carrying a backpack that contained receipts for a March purchase of a Glock 9-millimeter pistol.

Virginia Tech President, Charles Steger, says the identities of the 32 people killed on campus today won't be released just yet, because authorities are in the process of notifying relatives.

The shootings began at one end of the 26-hundred-acre campus at about 7:15am Monday morning. Police say a gunman at Virginia Tech University opened fire in a dorm and classroom.

The university says the shootings happened at the opposite sides of campus. The first happened at a co-ed residence hall. The gunfire continued about two hours later inside an engineering building.

Virginia Tech's police chief says one student was killed in the dorm and the others were killed in the classroom.

The University's President says the school considers the shootings a tragedy of "monumental proportions." All entrances to the campus have been closed and classes are canceled through tomorrow.

Steger is urging parents not to come to the campus. Instead, he has urged students to contact their parents. The school has more than 25,000 full-time students.

President Bush and first lady Laura Bush will attend today's convocation at Virginia Tech to remember the victims of the deadliest school shooting in American history.

The president will speak at the event.