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Use of e-mail Following Shootings Questioned

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BLACKSBURG, VA - The question being asked by many Virginia Tech students after today's shooting rampage is why authorities relied on e-mail to get out word about the attacks.

The first one was issued hours after the initial attack at a student residence hall. The second went out about 35 minutes after a second, more deadly attack across campus at an engineering school building. That one warned that "a gunman is loose on campus," and urged students to stay inside and away from windows until further notice.

Virginia Tech President Charles Steger defended the use of e-mail, saying authorities believed using e-mail after the first shooting would be the best way to get out the word.

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