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A Survivor's Horror:
‘I Saw Bullets Hit People’s Body’

by Kevin Caruso

Erin Sheehan, a Virginia Tech student, was in one of the Norris Hall classrooms where the second shooting occurred. She said her class had only about 25 people. “And I would say no more than two people didn't show up, were absent,” she said. “And of those of us that were in there today, only four of us walked out of that room, but two of us had been injured during the shooting.”

“It seemed so strange,” Sheehan continued. “Because he peeked in twice, earlier in the lesson, like he was looking for someone, somebody, before he started shooting. But then we all heard something like drilling in the walls, and someone thought they sounded like bullets. That's when we blockaded the door to stop anyone from coming in…we forced ourselves against the door so he couldn't come in again, because the door would not lock.

“He seemed very thorough about it, getting almost everyone down. I was trying to act dead. He left for about 30 seconds, came back in, did almost exactly the same thing.

“He was just a normal looking kid, Asian, but he had on a Boy Scout type outfit. He wore a tan button up vest, and this black vest, maybe it was for ammo or something.

“I saw bullets hit people's body. There was blood everywhere. People in the class were passed out; I don't know maybe from shock from the pain. But I was one of only four that made it out of that classroom. The rest were dead or injured.”

Norris Hall
Norris Hall


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