April 17, 2007 – The Scrooge Report Post
BLACKSBURG, Virginia – Monday’s toll inside Virginia Tech’s Norris Hall might have included 11 more students had it not been for a long, rectangular table and a quick-thinking senior who used it to deflect the rampage of his fellow classmate.
Zach Petkewicz said he didn’t recognize the sounds that pierced the door and cinder-block walls of his classroom as gunshots until he heard a scream from the hallway of the engineering building.
“The girls in my class peeked out in the hall and saw a gunner come out of a classroom with his gun pointed down,” Petkewicz told CNN.
“They immediately slammed the door shut, told us, everybody kind of went into a frenzy, a panic. I hid behind the podium and then just kind of looked up at the door. Like, there’s nothing stopping this guy from just coming in. And so I said, ‘We need to barricade this door.’ ”