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APNewsBreak: Police identify Va. Tech gunman
Associated Press ^ | Dec 9, 6:19 PM EST | BOB LEWIS and ZINIE CHEN SAMPSON

Posted on 12/09/2011 3:47:56 PM PST by Hunton Peck

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Police identified the Virginia Tech gunman on Friday as a part-time college student from nearby Radford University, though they still have not been able to say what led him to kill a police officer and then himself.

The day before Thursday's shooting and campus-wide lockdown, Ross Truett Ashley, 22, stole a sport utility vehicle at gunpoint from a real estate office in Radford, police said. He dumped the car on the Virginia Tech campus and it was found Thursday.

Police said that same day he walked up to the patrolman he did not know and fired, then took off for the campus greenhouses, ditching his pullover, wool cap and backpack. He made his way to a nearby parking lot and when a deputy spotted him, he took his own life, leaving fresh questions on a campus still coping with the nation's worst mass slaying in recent memory.

Why didn't he run or engage the deputy who closed in? Was he even aware that thousands of students had just been alerted by cell phone that a gunman was on the loose and the campus was locked down? And why did he shoot an officer at a school he never attended?

"That's very much the fundamental part of the investigation right now," state police spokeswoman Corrine Geller said Friday at a news conference.

Deriek W. Crouse, 39, was the slain officer. Crouse was a trained firearms and defense instructor with a specialty in crisis intervention. He had been on the force for four years, joining about six months after 33 people were killed in a classroom building and dorm April 16, 2007.

At 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Crouse pulled over a student and was shot while sitting in his unmarked cruiser. The student didn't have any link to the...

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: shooter; virginiatech

1 posted on 12/09/2011 3:47:59 PM PST by Hunton Peck
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To: Hunton Peck

Ross Truett Ashley, 22, of Radford

2 posted on 12/09/2011 3:59:27 PM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: Hunton Peck

I’m going to studiously avoid speculating on whether or not he was a convert and has and additional new name...


3 posted on 12/09/2011 4:00:12 PM PST by null and void (This is day 1053 of America's ObamaVacation from reality.)
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To: Hunton Peck

I’m not into conspiracy theories, but I find it odd that this guy somehow shoots a policeman DURING Eric Holder’s testimony to Congress about “bad guns.”

And the shooting was at VA Tech, famous for that prior massacre.

That’s too much of a ‘coincidence’ for me.

Also during the shooting, down the hall, Jon Corzine was testifying to Congress about how he ‘accidentally’ stole $1.2 Billion from customers.

So while TWO prominent Democrat/Socialists are testifying to Congress about TWO huge Democrat crimes, the news cycle gets hijacked by some random 22-year-old who randomly approaches a cop and shoots him?

This shooting seems very suspect after the (obviously) staged “White House shooting” where a random idiot shoots the President’s window, then accidentally-on-purpose leaves his notoriously inaccurate AK-47 at the scene of the crime so the FBI can conveniently find it.


4 posted on 12/09/2011 4:01:14 PM PST by LyinLibs (All moslems are somewhere on the killing-you spectrum)
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To: null and void
And here's John Walker Lindh before...

...and after becoming a Muzzie:


5 posted on 12/09/2011 4:08:27 PM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: Hunton Peck

I haven’t been following this story. Has the media blamed the shooting on Sarah Palin yet?


6 posted on 12/09/2011 4:09:42 PM PST by JoeRed
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To: Hunton Peck

Dollars to donuts he’s a paranoid schizophrenic. He fits the Loughner profile.


7 posted on 12/09/2011 4:13:45 PM PST by KantianBurke (Where was the Tea Party when Dubya was spending like a drunken sailor?)
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To: KantianBurke

...and/or an OWS sympathizer.


8 posted on 12/09/2011 4:18:27 PM PST by JoeRed
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To: re_nortex

Are you sure?

John Walker Lindh never preached on film and it does even remotely look like him!


9 posted on 12/09/2011 4:19:18 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: KantianBurke

How did he get the gun, I wonder?


10 posted on 12/10/2011 6:39:51 PM PST by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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