Va. Tech Shooter May Have Practiced

Investigators reveal new details of deadly April rampage
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Aug 10, 2007 3:49 PM CDT
Va. Tech Shooter May Have Practiced
These entry doors to Norris Hall were chained shut by Virginia Tech gunman Seung-Hui Cho on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Va., Thursday, June 14, 2007. The door handles have since been replaced. On Thursday, university officials let members of the news media tour Norris Hall, which has been...   (Associated Press)

The Virginia Tech killer may have rehearsed his rampage 2 days before the massacre of 32 people on April 16, police investigators said today. One witness reported spotted a suspicious-looking hooded male near doors inside the academic building where the shootings took place on April 14, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports; another witness saw chains on the door that same day.

Investigators also revealed that bloody clothing found in his room conclusively links 23-year-old Seung-Hui Cho to the two murders in a dormitory 2 hours before the shooting spree in Norris Hall. They continue to search for a link between the victims and Cho, who police now say obeyed a 2005 court order by contacting multiple mental-health facilities. (Read more Seung-Hui Cho stories.)

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