see down below

What? Memorial Service Prayer for VA Tech Shooting
When? Tuesday, April 17th of 2007 @7pm start
Where? UMM Campus Mall

You hear about school shotings everywhere (homes, neighborhoods, schools, gov't offices, restaurants, churches, etc...) in the news. Sometimes, you wonder what you can do about it. I decided to do this website (10.2.03) after last week's unexpected of all places-school shootings in rural town (3,000+ population)Minnesota-Cold Springs, MN.....

"We wait in hope for the LORD ; he is our help and our shield."-Psalm 33:20

Minnesota School Shootings

Teen's Rampage Leaves 10 Dead in Minn., Monday, March 21st 2005

"Then, in a nearby classroom, he heard the gunman say something to his friend Ryan. "He asked Ryan if he believed in God," Graves said. "And then he shot him."

...see other articles on Red Lake (Indian Reservation)
-Jeff Weise, shooter profile

Other Shootings:

  • Minnesota School Shooting Leaves 1 Dead, Thursday, September 25th 2003
  • CNN) -- One student was killed and another injured Wednesday in a shooting at a high school in Cold Spring, Minnesota, officials said.

    Authorities arrested a 15-year-old student in connection with the shootings and recovered a handgun believed to have been used in the crime, according to a statement from the Stearns County Sheriff's Department.

    The wounded students were taken to St. Cloud Hospital, where one later died of a gunshot wound, the statement said.

    Authorities were called to Rocori High School at 11:38 a.m. CT (12:38 p.m. ET). Rocori Area School Superintendent Scott Staska said in a news conference that one shooting occurred in a weight-lifting room and the other in the school's gymnasium.

    A coach managed to talk the suspect into surrendering his gun, Staska said.

    "The coach did a tremendous job," he said.

    Staska said there was nothing about the 15-year-old suspect to suggest he would commit such an act.

    "We had no reason to suspect an incident like this," he said. "(He had) some typical disciplinary issues in the past but nothing to lead us to believe an incident like this would occur."

    Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner said the suspect is being held at the East Stearns County Jail.

    "My understanding is that a statement has been taken from the suspect," the sheriff said at the news conference. "He has been cooperating with us."

    Sanner said the FBI and ATF are helping in the investigation.

    The high school will be closed Thursday as authorities continue their investigation, Staska said, but high school students will be required to attend a two-hour meeting to discuss the incident and begin counseling. That meeting will be held at the middle school.

    Cold Spring is about 66 miles west of Minneapolis.

    Related Sites:Tribute-Rocori-Cold Spring School Shooting, from

    Subject: Mary had a little lamb....

    "Think carefully about what you will be reading.

    Mary had a little lamb,
    His fleece was white as snow.
    And everywhere that Mary went,
    The Lamb was sure to go.
    He followed her to school each day,
    T'wasn't even in the rule.
    It made the children laugh and play,
    To have a Lamb at school.
    And then the rules all changed one day,
    Illegal it became;
    To bring the Lamb of God to school,
    Or even speak His Name.! ;
    Every day got worse and worse,
    And days turned into years.
    Instead of hearing children laugh,
    We heard gun shots and tears.
    What must we do to stop the crime,
    That's in our schools today?
    Let's let the Lamb come back to school,
    And teach our kids to pray!

    If you agree, please pass this on.

    It is said that 86% of Americans believe in God.
    Therefore I have a very hard time understanding
    why there is such a mess about having
    "In God We Trust" on our money and having God in
    the Pledge of Allegiance. Why don't we just tell
    the 14% to shut up and sit down????

    Have a blessed day!


    My Experience at my High School School Shooting

    The reason for writing this too was my close experience with a school shooting back in St. Paul. I was at Harding Senior High, my senior year (1 1/2 years before coming to a personal relationship with Christ)- after the school bell rang when I heard shots fired inside. It was in the fall of 1994 (1 of only 5 school shootings in the state before Cold Springs) right before soccer practice. I was in the nurse's office for some region and I heard a "bang". The police/security officer in the same room heard is walkie talkie and ran/jutted out quickly. Being curious as I am, I jutted out too. I smelled the gun powder at the location of the shooting, and security told us to leave the shooting area. The shooting became the talk in the locker room before soccer practice that afternoon. Later, we would find out that soccer practice was to be cancelled after going out in the field at a recreation center 2 blocks from school. The security told our soccer coach that the shooter is still on the loose, so we were told to go home for safety reasons. We went home, and I would later find out it was gang-related and the person that got shot was injured-not life threatening!

    Since this shooting, I shake me head when I hear more school shootings. I can somewhat see what it might be like, but I thank God I never had to experience anything like it on what we've heard on t.v.

    I want to also make notice of many school shootings in the inner-city that really don't get much media. One reason is because it happens very often. I just wanted to share this after several friends that I went with during UMM, were a little under represented about the stories that are untold of the inner-city

    American Ocupational Therapy Foundation

    This past Sunday at my local church, a young teenager (girl/lady) shared this t-shirt she wore at her local high school...

    "Why does God let things bad happen in school?...Because you have kept me out with no school prayer"

    What can we do?

  • River of Life AG Church-Cold Springs, learn from past shootings (Columbine student shares at this church a week later after shooting)
  • God's Message in the Language of Events, Christianity Today article
  • School Violence: Can You Keep Your Kids Safe? (for parents), Christianity Today Article (sept/oct 1998)

  • Resources


  • Ananova: Shooting victim's mother leads anti-gun rally
  • Books:

  • Deadly Lessons: Understanding Lethal School Violence , Nat'l Academics Press
  • Mothers-Dedication

  • Mothers Agains Violence in America
  • Mothers Against Teen Violence

  • More Shooting Stories

    Wis. worker kills 5 before being killed, By ROBERT IMRIE, Associated Press Writer 10 minutes ago (@5:09pm on Sunday, October 7th of 2007)
    " CRANDON, Wis. - A local law enforcement employee went on a shooting rampage early Sunday in remote northern Wisconsin, killing at least five people before authorities fatally shot him, officials said.
    A dispatcher for the State Patrol who declined to give his full name as a matter of department practice said the suspect is an employee of the Forest County Sheriff's Department and a part-time officer for the Crandon Police Department.
    Crandon Mayor Gary Bradley said Sunday afternoon that the suspect was dead.
    "He was brought down by a sniper," Bradley said.
    Crandon Police Chief John Dennee, speaking outside the police department about two blocks from the shooting site, would not confirm details but said: "We're not looking for anybody anymore."
    Several State Patrol officers went to Forest County to help investigators, the dispatcher said.
    "It's a pretty tragic situation here," said County Supervisor Tom Vollmar, who lives just outside Crandon, a city of about 2,000 people. "There are five or six people dead."
    The State Patrol and the Crandon Fire Department detoured a steady stream of traffic from two blocks of U.S. Highway 8 in the downtown area. Some residents stood in nearby front yards.
    Marci Franz, 35, who lives two houses south of the duplex where the shooting occurred, said she was awakened by gunshots.
    "I heard probably five or six shots, a short pause and then five or six more," she said. "I wasn't sure if it was gunfire initially. I thought some kids were messing around and hitting a nearby metal building."
    Then she heard eight louder shots and tires squealing, she said.
    "I was just about to get up and call it in, and I heard sirens," she said. "There's never been a tragedy like this here. There's been individual incidents, but nothing of this magnitude."
    The small community is facing a trying time but is pulling together, Bradley said.
    "We are a strong community. We always have been," he said. "This is agonizing, but we will prevail."
    The northeast Wisconsin town is about 225 miles north of Milwaukee. The area is known for logging, and fishing, hunting and snowmobiling."

    Wis. deputy flew into rage after rebuff By ROBERT IMRIE, Associated Press Writer 47 minutes ago
    " CRANDON, Wis. - A young sheriff's deputy who opened fire on a pizza party and killed six people reportedly flew into a rage when he was rebuffed by his old girlfriend, and others at the gathering called him a "worthless pig."
    A longtime friend told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Monday that 20-year-old Tyler Peterson came to his door in the hours after the rampage and calmly explained what he had done.
    "He wasn't running around crazy or anything. He was very, very sorry for what he did," Mike Kegley told the newspaper, adding that he gave Peterson coffee and food and later called 911.
    Peterson told Kegley that he had gone to his ex-girlfriend's house early Sunday morning in hopes of patching up the relationship after a recent breakup. But, he said, Peterson lost control when the meeting ended in an argument and other people started ridiculing him as a "worthless pig."
    Kegley declined to comment when reached by The Associated Press.
    Police, who declined to provide details of the argument, said Peterson stormed out, retrieved an AR-15 rifle from his car outside and burst back into the house firing 30 shots that killed all but one of the people at the party.
    "We had no idea, obviously, that anything like this would ever occur," Crandon Police Chief John Dennee said at a news conference Monday.
    Peterson, a deputy and part-time police officer, died after exchanging gunfire with law enforcement officers. Whether Peterson was shot by police or took his own life was unclear.
    The rampage raised questions in the remote northern Wisconsin community of 2,000 about how Peterson could have met requirements to become a law enforcement officer, especially after police acknowledged Monday that Peterson received no psychological screening before he was hired.
    Some questioned the wisdom of hiring someone so young.
    "No person that I've ever known at 20 years old was responsible enough to be a police officer," said Steve Bocek, of Oak Creek, whose nephew Bradley Schultz was killed. "It's unbelievable. You don't have the mind to be a police officer. It takes a lot."
    But Crandon city attorney Lindsay Erickson said age doesn't matter as long as officers do their jobs well. Peterson testified for her in several cases. He wrote good reports and was "true to his job," she said.
    "From what I saw of him, I didn't see any warning signs or red flags," Erickson said.
    Peterson was hired as full-time deputy sheriff on Sept. 11, 2006, at the age of 19, according to personnel records released by the Forest County clerk. His yearlong probation ended last month.
    Dr. Phil Trompetter, a police psychologist in Modesto, Calif., estimated at least 80 percent of states require psychological testing of prospective officers.
    "Wisconsin must be in a very small minority of states," he said.
    The Wisconsin Department of Justice Law Enforcement Standards Board requires only that applicants be free of any emotional or mental condition that might hinder them in their duties. It does not say how that is determined.
    No formal national standards exist for hiring police, although individual states are adopting requirements such as mandatory psychological tests, said Craig Zendzian, author of several guidebooks for police applicants.
    In Minnesota, for example, police officers must be licensed by the state Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training — a process that includes an evaluation by a licensed psychologist.
    At the news conference, which gave the most detailed explanation yet of the shooting, the police chief said Peterson and the young woman had been in a relationship for a few years.
    "They had broken up and gone back and forth," Dennee said.
    After the attack, in phone conversations with the police chief and others, Peterson identified himself as the shooter, authorities said.
    Kegley said his family had tried to coax Peterson into surrendering, but he was shot after getting out of his truck and walking off about 50 yards toward the woods around 2 p.m. Sunday — about nine hours after the shootings at the party.
    "He was just very remorseful about what happened," Kegley told the newspaper.
    The rifle used in the shootings is the type used by the sheriff's department, but investigators had not confirmed whether the gun came from law enforcement.
    The six people killed in the rampage were either students or recent graduates of Crandon High School. They were at the house to share pizza and watch movies during the school's homecoming weekend. Classes were canceled Monday, and many teens went to a church to meet with counselors.
    The other victims were identified as Jordanne Murray, who was believed to be the girlfriend; Katrina McCorkle; Leanna Thomas; Aaron Smith; and Lindsey Stahl. Autopsies were scheduled to be completed Monday, but results were not immediately available.
    Schultz, 20, was a third-year criminal justice major at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee who hoped to be a homicide detective. He was home visiting friends and appeared to have died trying to protect one.
    "We still don't have many details, but from what they've told us, there was a girl next to him and he was covering her, protecting her," said an aunt, Sharon Pisarek, as she sobbed. "He was loved by everybody. He was everybody's son. Senseless."
    The lone survivor, Charlie Neitzel, 21, of Pickerel, was upgraded to serious condition and was improving Monday at a hospital.
    Pastor Bill Farr read a statement from Peterson's family in which relatives expressed their shock and sorrow.
    "Our hearts go out to the victims, their families and their friends. We are grieving for your losses. We feel a tremendous amount of guilt and shame for the acts Tyler committed," it said.
    It continued: "We may never receive the answers we all seek. Like those close to Tyler we are in shock and disbelief that he would do such terrible things. This was not the Tyler we knew and loved."
    ___ Associated Press writers Todd Richmond in Madison, Wis., and Amy Forliti in Minneapolis contributed to this story.

    At least 33 killed in shootings at Virginia Tech This morning's campus rampage is being called the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. The shooter is dead by his own hand, officials say. Details are still coming in. (Monday, April 16th of 2007- The Roanoke Times

    "Watching police from the library's fourth-floor windows, David Russell, a sophomore from Montgomery County, Md., echoed a common sentiment, comparing today's events to last year's manhunt for accused murderer William Morva.

    Not again! I was on my way home when I heard about this unfortunate incident. I thought of the UMM campus right after hearing this. I would later get an invitation to a group praying for the family and friends of the vicitms on Facebook later this evening. I decided to search more on this.

  • Steger: Virginia Tech is 'shocked and indeed horrified' By Todd Jackson and Tonia Moxley, (Roanoke Tims)

  • "At least 33 people were shot and killed this morning at Virginia Tech in the worst rampage of its kind in American history.
    President George Bush, earlier this afternoon, said, "Our nation is shocked and saddened by the news of the shootings at Virginia Tech today."
    Bush said the impact is "felt in every American classroom and every American community."
    "We ask a loving God to comfort those suffering today," he said.
    Tech's president, Charles Steger, called the shootings a "tragedy of monumental proportions."
    "The university is shocked and indeed horrified," he said.
    There were others wounded, and the exact count is not known at this point. Hospitals in the area reported more than a dozen victims in varying conditions and levels of treatment.
    Police said at one point today that they believe one gunman was responsible for the carnage, but said later the two shooting incidents had not been officially related as of yet. Tonight, Tech Police Chief Wendell Flinchum said there's still a "person of interest" in the case. That potential suspect is a male, not a student, and police were interviewing him off campus this morning after the first shooting, which involved the killing of a male and female inside West Ambler Johnston Hall, a dormitory.
    The gunman, not yet identified, later took his own life inside Norris Hall, where most of the victims were shot, said Tech Police Chief Wendell Flinchum. The gunman is included in the death toll of 33.
    Word of the shootings spread across the country and then internationally in hours, and it was prominently played on most national news Web sites and broadcasts. CNN characterized it as “the worst school shooting incident in U.S. history.”
    The shootings, which started shortly after 7:30 a.m., occurred in two places, Norris and West Ambler Johnston halls."

    Roanoke's Breaking News, Tuesday, April 17th of 2007
    " Authorities identified the deceased shooter in yesterday's Virginia Tech massacre as Cho Seung-Hui, 23, a South Korean native in U.S. as a resident alien. His residency was in Centreville and he was staying at the Harper residence hall on Tech's campus.
    No possible motive was disclosed.
    "The only thing that we know about him is that he was a loner and we are having difficulty finding information" about him, university spokesman Larry Hincker said.
    Authorities said they are not releasing names of the victims until all have been identified."

    S. Korea shocked by U.S. shooting link
    POSTED: 10:57 p.m. EDT, April 17, 2007 (CNN)

    "A South Korean student was also among those injured in the rampage, and Roh instructed diplomats to care for the student and confirm whether any other South Koreans were hurt.
    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a former South Korean foreign minister, said he felt "very much sorry and troubled" by the killings.
    "Any such rampant killing of innocent citizens and children is totally not acceptable and I condemn it in the strongest terms possible," he said.
    Despite being technically in a state of war for decades against North Korea, South Korea is a country where citizens are banned from privately owning guns and where no school shootings are known to have occurred.
    However, the country has not been immune from shooting rampages.
    In 2005, a military conscript believed to be angered by taunts from senior officers killed eight fellow soldiers, throwing a grenade into a barracks where his comrades were sleeping and firing a hail of bullets."

    School Shooting at Virginia Tech Leaves 33 Dead Worst mass shooting in American history
    By Mark Ellis, Senior Correspondent and Michael Ireland, Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News Service

    "Alec Hill, president of InterVarsity, in a statement issued to the media said: "We are stunned and saddened by the reports of today’s shootings at Virginia Tech. InterVarsity has three staff members who work with about 180 students on the Virginia Tech campus. We are thankful that none of them were directly harmed by the shooting. Staff and students are meeting tonight to pray for their campus."
    Hill said InterVarsity students are also planning a campus-wide prayer event on Wednesday at noon.
    Hill added: "Our thoughts and our prayers are with the students of Virginia Tech and their families. Events such as today’s tragic shooting bring students to an abrupt confrontation with their own mortality. InterVarsity staff are trained to help students face life’s issues and find their hope in the promises of Jesus Christ. Our staff members, Wes Barts, Lindsey Jones and Robert Howe, ask for your prayers as they and their students deal with the impact of this tragedy."
    InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA® is an evangelical campus mission serving more than 35,000 students and faculty on more than 560 college and university campuses nationwide.
    Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association issued the following statement following today’s mass shooting at Virginia Tech.
    Graham said: “My heart is heavy with the tragic news of the deadliest school shooting incident in American history and our prayers are with the dozens of victims and their families during this horrible time. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) has offered the resources of our Rapid Response Team, which sends chaplains trained in crisis counseling, to assist the Blacksburg community in the days ahead as we have done in many situations since 9/11 in New York City.
    "Sadly, we have once again been reminded of the evil that people can perpetrate on others; and while many theories will surface in the coming days and weeks about how such a terrible act occurs, I believe what we’ve seen here is ultimately a reflection of the condition of the human heart."
    Graham added: "Having traveled to disaster and war areas around the world, I am often asked why God would allow such acts of destruction or violence upon innocent people; and while I can’t know the whole mind of God I do know two things. First, God created us. Second, God loves us and desires that all would come to Him.
    "My prayer in this time of tragedy is that it will pull us together as a nation and focus our attention on those families who have suffered great loss and turn our eyes to the Prince of all peace, Jesus Christ."
    The BGEA has deployed more than 700 trained chaplains to the Gulf Coast region since August 2005 to assist with post-Katrina counseling and sent chaplains to the Red Lake Indian Reservation in Minnesota following a fatal high school shooting in 2005, among other crisis response efforts.
    Before Monday, the deadliest school shootings came in 1966 and 1999.
    In the former, Charles Joseph Whitman, a 25-year-old ex-Marine, killed 13 people on the University of Texas campus. He was killed by police.
    In 1999, 17-year-old Dylan Klebold and 18-year-old Eric Harris -- armed with guns and pipe bombs -- killed 12 students and a teacher before killing themselves at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. "

    Virginia Tech Memorial Video
    in memory of Professor Librescu written by matt tullos

    Holocaust survivor killed at Virginia Tech trying to save students is one of many heroic stories we will hear from this tragedy
    By Michael Ireland Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News Service (Tue, Apr 17th of 07')
    BLACKSBURG, VIRGINIA (ANS) --" An Israeli lecturer who died in the massacre at a U.S. university saved the lives of several students by blocking the doorway of his classroom from the approaching gunman before he was fatally shot, his son said Tuesday.
    According to Fox News, students of Liviu Librescu, 76, a holocaust survivor who was an engineering science and mathematics lecturer at Virginia Tech for 20 years, sent e-mails to his wife, Marlena, telling of how he blocked the gunman’s way and saved their lives, said the son, Joe....

    ...."Steve Clemons, who graduated from Virginia Tech, wrote to ANS: "I'm a Va Tech grad and just can't believe what has happened, and only live 40 miles from Blacksburg in Salem Va. As a Christian I still have trouble understanding how something like this can happen and am deeply grieved for everyone including the shooter. "
    He adds: "May God bring His peace to everyone who was involved in this shooting. They will all be in my prayers for a long time to come. I just hope we can learn something, anything, from this that will help us prevent this from happening ever again. I read your emails daily and find them very uplifting. But this is a time when we must accept God's will even when we don't understand why."
    Lisa Goddard, a CNN Radio Correspondent, said she saw three workers from the Salvation Army shopping for breakfast food for displaced students in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
    On the Anderson Cooper 360 Blog she writes:"It's 1 a.m. in Blacksburg. The farmland surrounding the school is pitch-black, and dozens of restless people, weary of endless hours of news coverage or hospital vigils are at Wal-Mart.
    "I'm here looking for socks, pj's and food (after living off the hard candy provided by Virginia Tech staff at their impromptu press center). But moving around the 24-hour superstore, I see the stories of the day.
    "Richard White of the Roanoke office is smiling in his Salvation Army uniform but his eyes are turning red. "
    David Kuo, writing on his blog J Walking at, titles his latest piece on the Virginia Tech shootings "Tune Out."
    He writes: "Turn it off today. Turn off CNN and Fox and MSNBC. Don't go surfing for more information. Don't listen to all the people talking. Don't let the media do it for you.
    "There is this temptation with our saturated news to immerse yourself in it because immersion feels like action, immersion feels involvement, immersion feels like empathy. Watching sobbing students and parents and doctors somehow makes us feel closer to this tragedy. But there is also an enormous risk to it as well - that it paralyzes us, absorbs all of our time, and prevents us from doing the things that we need to do to help those we can impact - those who are around us."

    The Victims Their ages ranged from 18 to over 70. They came from nearby states, as well as countries like India and Israel. Remembering those who died during the shooting rampage at Virginia Tech.
    web exclusive Newsweek Updated: 4:23 p.m. CT April 18, 2007

  • VA Tech: The Victims (NY TIMES)
  • Related:

  • Virginia Tech University
  • City of Blacksburg
  • April 16th Memorial Website, from Virginia Tech
  • Shooting suspect caught in Blacksburg William Morva, accused of killing a police officer and a security guard, is captured after a day-and-a-half manhunt that prompts the shutdown and evacuation of Virginia Tech. A hectic day unfolds in a series of updates below. (Aug 21st of 06'-Roanoke Tims)
  • "Va. Tech gunman sent material to NBC

    Va. Tech gunman sent material to NBC
    By MATT APUZZO, AP National Writer Wed Apr 18, 7:53 PM ET (yahoo news)
    BLACKSBURG, Va. - Midway through his murderous rampage, the Virginia Tech gunman went to the post office and mailed NBC a package containing photos and videos of him brandishing guns and delivering a snarling, profanity-laced tirade about rich "brats" and their "hedonistic needs." ADVERTISEMENT
    "You had a hundred billion chances and ways to have avoided today," 23-year-old Cho Seung-Hui says in a harsh monotone. "But you decided to spill my blood. You forced me into a corner and gave me only one option. The decision was yours. Now you have blood on your hands that will never wash off."
    NBC said the package contained a rambling and often-incoherent, 1,800-word video manifesto, plus 43 photos, 11 of them showing him aiming handguns at the camera.
    He repeatedly suggests he was picked on or otherwise hurt.
    "You have vandalized my heart, raped my soul and torched my conscience," he says, apparently reading from his manifesto. "You thought it was one pathetic boy's life you were extinguishing. Thanks to you, I die like Jesus Christ, to inspire generations of the weak and the defenseless people."
    The package arrived at NBC's headquarters in New York two days after Cho killed 32 people and committed suicide in the deadliest one-man shooting rampage in modern U.S. history. It bore a Postal Service time stamp showing that it had been mailed at a Virginia post office at 9:01 a.m. Monday, about an hour and 45 minutes after Cho first opened fire.
    That would help explain one of the biggest mysteries about the massacre: where the gunman was and what he did during that two-hour window between the first burst of gunfire, at a high-rise dorm, and the second fusillade, at a classroom building.
    "Your Mercedes wasn't enough, you brats," says Cho, a South Korean immigrant whose parents work at a dry cleaners in surburban Washington. "Your golden necklaces weren't enough, you snobs. Your trust funds wasn't enough. Your vodka and cognac wasn't enough. All your debaucheries weren't enough. Those weren't enough to fulfill your hedonistic needs. You had everything."
    Some of the pictures show him smiling; others show him frowning and snarling. Some depict him brandishing two weapons at a time, one in each hand. He wears a khaki-colored military-style vest, fingerless gloves, a black T-shirt, a backpack and a backwards, black baseball cap. Another photo shows him swinging a hammer two-fisted. Another shows an angry-looking Cho holding a gun to his temple.
    He refers to "martyrs like Eric and Dylan" — a reference to the teenage killers in the Columbine High massacre.
    The package was sent by overnight delivery but did not arrive at NBC until Wednesday morning. It had apparently been delayed because it had the wrong ZIP code, NBC said.
    An alert postal employee brought the package to NBC's attention after noticing the Blacksburg return address and a name similar to the words reportedly found scrawled in red ink on Cho's arm after the bloodbath, "Ismail Ax," NBC said.
    NBC News President Steve Capus said that the network received the package around noon and notified the FBI. He said the FBI asked NBC to hold off reporting on it so that the bureau could look at it first, and NBC complied, finally breaking the story just before a police announcement of the package at 4:30 p.m.
    Capus said it was clear Cho videotaped himself, because he could be seen leaning in to shut off the camera.
    State Police Spokeswoman Corinne Geller cautioned that, while the package was mailed between the two shootings, police have not inspected the footage and have yet to establish exactly when the images were made."

    "One killed in Minneapolis government center shooting"
    Saint Paul Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minn.)

    ST. PAUL, Minn. - A government center in Minneapolis became a homicide scene Monday when a woman opened fire with a handgun outside a 17th-floor courtroom.

    While bystanders fled screaming, the shots fatally wounded a Minnetonka woman with whom the suspect - the victim's cousin - had a long-running legal dispute involving the estate of the suspect's St. Paul family. The victim's lawyer also was wounded, but is expected to survive.

    Susan Rae Berkovitz, 52, was held Monday in the Hennepin County jail on suspicion of murder and attempted murder. She was taken into custody following the shootings and offered no resistance, authorities said.

    It was the second time in less than a week that a public place in Minnesota became the scene of a fatal shooting. On Monday, a funeral was held for Aaron Rollins, the 17-year-old victim of a shooting last Wednesday at Rocori High School in Cold Spring that also left a 14-year-old critically wounded.

    6. This woman (obviously a Christian) made the headlines with her heroism and Faith during the shooting at the Hennepin County Governement Center (sent by my local church)

    "Woman's calm amid chaos kept attorney "

    BYLINE: Pam Louwagie
    CREDITLINE: Star Tribune
    HEADLINE: Woman's calm amid chaos kept attorney alive

    Susan Love focused on the blue eyes of the man who lay before her on the floor of the Hennepin County courthouse, almost oblivious to the haze of drawn guns, shouting and deputies swirling around them. She knelt with his head in front of her, her petite hands pressing a navy blue suit jacket so hard against the bleeding wound on his neck that her arm shook. "Jesus, please save this man," she prayed aloud over and over. "Jesus, don't let this man die." What had started as a mundane Monday morning at the Government Center in Minneapolis had turned into bloodshed with a few clicks of a gun on the 17th floor. Susan Berkovitz, upset at her cousin and her cousin's lawyer about the handling of her father's estate, took a gun to court, authorities said. The shots, which killed the cousin and wounded the lawyer, set into motion a flurry of fear and kindness among strangers. Love, a 34-year-old court division supervisor, was sitting in a courtroom waiting for a hearing on restraining orders when she heard the first shot. She dismissed it in her mind, thinking it had to be a piece of furniture falling or something. Seconds later, there were more pops and screaming. Following her supervisor out the courtroom door, she saw the man lying on the carpet in his suit and tie, blood spurting from his neck. "I've been shot," he shouted, naming the suspect. "Call 911." Love looked desperately for something, anything, to stop the bleeding and grabbed a nonabsorbent women's suit coat from a counter a few feet away. She pressed as hard as she could, staring into the stranger's bloodshot eyes. "I've been shot," she recalls him saying. "I know," she answered calmly, her soft face and blond-brown hair hovering inches over him. He had amazing composure, she thought. He told her his name -- Richard Hendrickson -- and recited his seven-digit attorney license number. "Someone needs to comfort my client because she's gonna be really upset by this," he said. Love saw a female deputy out the corner of her eye, gun drawn, shouting, "Get down! Get back! If you come down this hallway I'm gonna shoot!" People everywhere crouched low. Love stayed kneeling in the middle of the floor, focusing on Hendrickson's face. Her heart raced. "I realized that his life could be slipping away in my hands, and that's a very terrifying thing," she said later. She tried to stay calm so she could breathe and talk to him. So she could pray for him. "I feel like my breathing is getting shallow," he said. "You're doing just fine," she answered. "I'm gonna try to stay awake." "Yes," she said. "Stay awake." When he closed his eyes, she startled them open: "Sir! Are you OK?" "Yeah, I'm awake," he said, the words bringing her relief. For what seemed like 10 minutes, she stayed with him, kneeling on the short, hard carpet, blood soaking onto the knee of her khaki pants. Someone offered a gauze pad, but it was too small. A security guard came with a thicker pad of gauze; they quickly switched it with the jacket on the count of three, but still they lost precious blood. Paramedics came soon after and started tending to him. "I'm really bleeding here," he told them. He asked Love to take his glasses off. She heard someone yelling from the women's bathroom: "I've got a victim in here. I've got a victim in here. Get a medical team." The victim was Shelley Joseph-Kordell -- Hendrickson's client -- struggling for her life in the bathroom. She would die in surgery less than two hours later.

    Love worried about Hendrickson for most of the day. Before the shooting, she hadn't known his name. Now she had memorized features on his face and spent some of the most intimate moments a person can with a stranger. "I had him in my hands for that first five to 10 minutes after he was shot. I felt a connection," she said. "I wanted to be able to hug him and shake his hands, and look into his eyes again." Hendrickson's father called her at home Monday night and brought her good news. It appeared that Hendrickson's chances of recovery were good, she said he told her, and he was grateful for her role in that. Some have called her a hero, but Love doesn't see herself that way. She doesn't know what spurred her to act. Maybe it was instinct. Maybe it was the same thing that makes her two nurses sisters react on their jobs. "I feel honored," she said. "I was allowed to be that person to make a difference for him." Tuesday night, she went to see Hendrickson, 53, at Hennepin County Medical Center, where he had improved to satisfactory condition. He couldn't talk but smiled, squeezed her hand and mouthed the words "thank you."



  • Wedgwood Baptist Church Shooting on September 15, 1999, Christianity Today

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