Tuesday, April 17, 2007

CNN: Special Investigations Unit Examines Virginia Tech Massacre

CNN Pressroom - Soledad O’Brien Provides Minute-by-Minute Account into Tragedy in Blacksburg, Va.

In what has become the worst mass shooting in American history, a lone gunman killed 32 people on the campus of Virginia Tech on an otherwise ordinary spring morning in Blacksburg, Va., before turning the weapon upon himself. Anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien will report on the tragic events for an hour-long CNN: Special Investigations Unit documentary. Massacre at Virginia Tech will air on Saturday, April 21, and Sunday, April 22, at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. All times Eastern.

O’Brien will provide a minute-by-minute account of the campus rampage as she discusses how and why the events happened and whether they could have been prevented. CNN investigative correspondent Drew Griffin has investigated the nation’s gun laws in previous reports and will trace how the shooter acquired his weapons and exploited vulnerabilities in campus security to inflict maximum damage.

“The stunning events at Virginia Tech on April 16 are devastatingly shocking,” said Mark Nelson, vice president and senior executive producer of CNN Productions. “CNN will use its investigative resources to help put these terrible events into context and reveal the lessons to be learned from our current gun laws.”

Steve Robinson is the executive producer of this documentary. Robert Howell, Kathleen Johnston, Emily Probst, Brian Rokus and Michelle Rozsa are the field producers.

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