Waynesboro native escapes shooting rampage

Story by Chris Graham

A Waynesboro 20-year-old was among those who narrowly escaped today’s deadly shooting rampage on the campus at Virginia Tech.

Alec Calhoun, a junior from Waynesboro, told the Associated Press that he was in a 9 a.m. mechanics class when he heard a sound from the classroom next door that “sounded like an enormous hammer.”

When students in his class realized what the cause of the noise was, Calhoun said, he started flipping desks over for hiding places.

Others in the classroom ran to the windows of the second-floor classroom and kicked out screens to jump from the ledge.

“I must’ve been the eighth or ninth person who jumped, and I think I was the last,” Calhoun said.

Two students behind him attempting to make their way out were shot, Calhoun told the AP.

Before he climbed out the window, Calhoun said he turned to look back at the professor, who stayed behind, perhaps, he thought, to block the door.

The professor was shot and killed, Calhoun said.

(Originally published 04-16-07)

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