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State opens in Va Tech trial, offers testimony defending early actions on day of mass killings
CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) ' Law enforcement officials have defended the initial police conclusion on the morning of the Virginia Tech mass killings that first two shootings on April 16, 2007, bore all the signs of domestic violence and not the work of a deranged gunman.
The witnesses testified for the state Monday in a wrongful death civil trial brought by the parents of two student victims who clam the university responded too slowly to the first two shootings in a dorm room. The suit alleges that their daughters and other students might have survived if officials had warned the campus sooner of a gunman on the loose.
University officials have said they believed the first shootings didn't pose a risk to the wider campus. The student gunman killed 30 people and himself that day.