the shooter was korean american

Forget all the information you heard yesterday. The gunman responsible for killing 32 in a shooting spree at Virginia Tech was identified today at 23-year-old Seung-Hui Cho, a senior English major from South Korea: Va. Tech: Gunman student from S. Korea. According to the university, he was in the U.S. as a resident alien with a residence established in Centerville, Virginia, but living on campus in Harper Residence Hall. Who the hell was this guy? Why did he do this? He was apparently kind of a loner, and they're having difficulty finding information about him. Now he's a mass murderer. More here: Virginia Tech Killer Identified. More information to come... but we're already starting to see the emphasis on his ethnicity and nationality in the media. A lot of news reports seem to be highlighting the fact that Cho has "resident alien" status, though my guess is, he actually immigrated to the United States a long time ago. Keep an eye on this.

UPDATE: This Washington Post story identifies Cho as "a South Korean native who immigrated to this country as a child." In my book, that makes him a guy from Centreville, VA who happens to be Korean American. So why are all the media outlets going to such lengths to emphasize his "resident alien" immigrant status?

UPDATE: By the time all of this passes, everyone in American will know the details and intricacies of Seung-Hui Cho's immigration status and history, because of news articles like this: Campus gunman lived in U.S. 14 years. And lead paragraphs like this:
The Virginia Tech student identified as the assailant in Monday's deadly gun rampage was a South Korean immigrant who had been in the United States since 1992 and who held a green card signifying his status as a legal permanent U.S. resident, federal officials said Tuesday.
This has given way to concerns from Korea's Foreign Ministry about potential backlash: Korea fears prejudice with shooting link.

Sources are saying that Cho was an English major whose creative writing was so disturbing that he was referred to the school's counseling service. News reports also said that he may have been taking medication for depression, that he was becoming increasingly violent and erratic, and that he left a note in his dorm in which he railed against "rich kids," "debauchery" and "deceitful charlatans" on campus: Sources: College gunman left note. It just gets uglier and uglier, doesn't it? Yes, it does. Some reports are starting to suggest that Cho was "obsessed" with his dorm neighbor, Emily Jane Hilscher: Obsession for girl may have led to slaughter. I'm not 100 percent sure about this theory, but once it picks up, you know people are going to run with it.

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