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Virginia gunman was accused of stalking: police

Wednesday, 18 April 2007 - 8:15pm IST | Agency: AFP
Cho Seung-Hui, who shot dead at least 30 people at Virginia Tech University on Monday, was investigated in late 2005 for allegedly stalking female students.

BLACKSBURG: The South Korean student who shot dead at least 30 people at Virginia Tech University here on Monday was investigated in late 2005 for allegedly stalking female students, police said on Wednesday.   


Virginia Tech police chief Wendell Flinchum told reporters that two female students had complained to campus police about the behavior of Cho Seung-Hui, 23, who committed suicide after Monday's rampage.   


Flinchum said the students declined to press charges but Cho was referred to the university disciplinary system.   


"We did have contact with Cho in the fall of 2005," the campus police chief told a press conference.


"In November of 2005, Cho had made contact through phone calls and in person with a female student. The student notified the Virginia Tech police department and officers responded," he said.


"The student declined to press charges, and referred to the contact with her as annoying. However, the investigating officer referred Cho to the university disciplinary system which is the office of judicial affairs," he said.   


Flinchum said the second incident occurred in December 2005.   


"Cho instant messaged a second female student," he said. "Again no threat was made against that student. However, she made a complaint to the Virginia Tech police department and asked that Cho have no further contact with her.   


"Officers followed up the next morning and spoke with Cho concerning this matter," he said.


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