Who Was the Virginia Tech Shooter?

In 2007, Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people in a mass shooting at Virginia Tech. Who was the Virginia Tech shooter, and why did he do it?

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It’s been more than 10 years since the tragic Virginia Tech shooting, but many people still don’t know who the shooter was. In this article, we’ll take a look at the life of Seung-Hui Cho, the man responsible for one of the deadliest mass shootings in American history.

Early Life

Seung-Hui Cho was born in South Korea in 1984, the son of Yoon-Ok Cho and Hyang-Ae Suh. He has an older sister, Sun-kyung Cho. In 1992, when Cho was eight years old, his family moved to the United States, eventually settling in Centreville, Virginia.

Cho attended Westfield High School in Fairfax County, Virginia. His fellow students remembered him as a “loner” who seldom spoke and mostly kept to himself. In 2003, Cho graduated from high school and began attending Virginia Tech.

The Shooting

The Virginia Tech shooting was a school shooting that took place on April 16, 2007, at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia. The shooter, Seung-Hui Cho, killed 32 people and wounded 17 others before committing suicide.


On April 16, 2007, Seung-Hui Cho, a senior at Virginia Tech, fatally shot 32 people on the university’s Blacksburg, Virginia, campus—the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in U.S. history.

At around 7:15 a.m., Cho entered West Ambler Johnston Hall, a dormitory where he lived, and shot two students: Emily Hilscher, an 18-year-old equestrian who lived on the fourth floor, and Ryan Clark, a 20-year-old resident advisor who lived on the seventh floor.

Cho then went to Norris Hall—an engineering building where most of his victims were killed—and chained the doors shut before opening fire again. In all, he fired more than 170 rounds before killing himself as police arrived at the scene.

In addition to the 32 people who died that day (including Cho), another 17 were wounded. Of the injured survivors, some were left with permanent disabilities.


In conclusion, it is still unknown who the Virginia Tech shooter was. The gunman was described as a white male, and many students said that he seemed “normal.” There is still no motive for the shooting, and it is unclear if the gunman had any connection to the school.

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