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Gunman records fail to predict bloodshed

August 20, 2009

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— Recently discovered mental health records released on Wednesday contain no obvious indications that the Virginia Tech gunman was a year and a half away from committing the worst mass shootings in modern U.S. history.

The records contain previously unseen handwritten notes from three separate counselors who talked to Seung-Hui Cho in 2005. In one report Cho denied having any suicidal or homicidal thoughts. On April 16, 2007, Cho killed 32 students and faculty members on the Blacksburg, Va., campus and took his own life.

University officials have said Cho talked to two different therapists during telephone triage sessions in the fall, then made one court-ordered 45-minute in-person visit that December.

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