Senior level Undergraduate student at Virginia Polytechnic
Institute and State University
Diagnosed with a severe anxiety disorder known as selective
mutism, as well as major depressive disorder in middle school
During last two years at Virginia Tech, several instances of abnormal behavior, as well as plays and other writings submitted containing references to violence, caused concern among teachers and classmates
Accused of stalking two female students at Virginia Tech
Committed suicide on April 16, 2007 after going on a shooting rampage at Virginia Tech killing 32 and wounded 25 others
At about 6:45 a.m. Cho was seen near the West Ambler Johnston Hall, a co-ed residence hall.
Cho entered 19 year old freshman Emily J. Hilscher’s dormitory and shot her at 7:15 a.m. After hearing the gunshots a male resident, Ryan C. Clark, attempted to aid Hilscher but was fatally shot by Cho.
Then Cho walked to Norris Hall. He carried a backpack containing several chains, locks, a hammer, a knife, two guns, nineteen 10- and 15-round magazines, and almost 400 rounds of ammunition.
About two hours later Cho entered Norris Hall and chained the three main entrance doors shut.
Cho placed a note on one of the doors claiming that opening the door would trigger a bomb to explode.
Cho’s first shooting in Norris Hall was in Professor G. V. Loganathan’s room, 206. Cho shot and killed the professor and 9 of the 13 students in the room.
Then Cho went to room 207 where he killed Professor Christopher James Bishop and four other students.
Cho moved onto room 204 where students and professors had barricaded themselves in. Professor Liviu Librescu forcibly prevented Cho from entering the room while most of the students escaped through the window. Librescu and one other student died.