BLACKSBURG, Va. — 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 Cho Seung-Hui, 23, a student and native of South Korea, Virginia Tech police said Tuesday.
The campus president confirmed Tuesday that the shooter was a campus student.
Virginia Tech Police Chief Wendell Flinchum said the shooter was a 23-year-old resident alien who was an undergraduate senior English major. He had a residence in Centreville, Va., but was also living on campus in Harper Hall.
While authorities have not explicitly said the student — now dead after taking his own life — was also the gunman in the first shooting, they have made clear they don't believe there was a second shooter. But school officials said again Tuesday that they have not yet confirmed the same person was responsible for both shootings.
"It's certainly reasonable for us to assume Cho was the shooter in both places but we don't have the evidence to take us there at this point in time," said Virginia State Police Superintendent Col. Steve Flaherty said during a press conference Tuesday. "We also have no evidence to indicate there was an accomplice at either event" but officials are still investigating whether the shooter had any help during the day.