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Va. Tech gunman sent material to NBC

Matt Apuzzo
The Associated Press
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) ” Between his first and second bursts of gunfire, the Virginia Tech gunman mailed a package to NBC headquarters in New York containing photos of him brandishing guns and video of him delivering an angry, profanity-laced tirade.

“You had a hundred billion chances and ways to have avoided today,” 23-year-old Cho Seung-Hui said in an harsh, emphatic voice, in an excerpt shown on “NBC Nightly News.” “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, received in Wednesday morning’s mail, contained an 1,800-word diatribe and 29 photos, 11 of them showing him aiming handguns at the camera. Much of his rant is incoherent and laced with profanity, and he rails against hedonism and Christianity, NBC said.



Some of the pictures showed him smiling. Some showed him brandishing two weapons at a time, one in each hand. Another showed him swinging a hammer two-fisted.

The package was sent by overnight delivery but did not arrive at NBC until Wednesday’s mail. 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.


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