Cho Seung-Hui

Date Of Birth:
18 January 1984
Date Of Death:
16 April 2007
Place Of Birth:
South Korea
Best Known As:
The student who killed 32 others at Virginia Tech in 2007
Cho Seung-Hui committed the deadliest single shooting act in American history when he shot and killed 32 people and then himself at Virginia Tech University on 16 April 2007. Cho was a student at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia when he armed himself with pistols and went on a shooting rampage at the university on a Monday morning. He shot and killed two people in a dormitory, West Ambler Johnston Hall, then two hours later entered Norris Hall, an engineering building across campus, and killed 30 more students and professors. According to a news release from Virginia Tech, Cho was 23 and was "enrolled as an undergraduate student in his senior year as an English major at Virginia Tech. Cho, a South Korean native, was in the U.S. as a resident alien with a residence established in Centerville, Virginia." ABC News reported that Cho "killed two people in a dorm room, returned to his own dorm room where he re-armed and left a 'disturbing note' before entering a classroom building on the other side of campus to continue his rampage." After committing the killings, Cho shot himself to death in Norris Hall.
Extra Credit:

The previous deadliest campus shooting was committed by Charles Whitman, who killed 16 people with a rifle from the observation deck of a clock tower at the University of Texas in Austin on 1 August 1966… Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is the full formal name of Virginia Tech… The Washington Post reported in August of 2007 that Cho had been treated for a social anxiety disorder called selective mutism while in high school, but that federal law prevented school officials from passing this information to Virginia Tech.