Area Hospitals Treat Victims of Virginia Tech Shootings
Reported by Henry Graff April 16, 2007
33 people are dead and many others are injured after a gunman opened fire inside a dormitory and engineering building at Virginia Tech. Several people who were wounded were treated at area hospitals.
17 injured students were treated at Montgomery Regional Hospital. Five patients have been discharged, six are in stable condition and three are in critical condition.
Hospital workers say they were not overwhelmed as patients flooded the emergency room. Officials say they drill for these types of incidents and are satisfied with their efforts.
The breezy conditions prevented medical choppers from flying to the Virginia Tech campus, so ground units are being used to transport the injured. One person did die en route to the hospital and two others were transferred to another hospital.
Some injured students were also transported to Carilion New River Valley Medical Center in Christiansburg. Carilion spokeswoman Sharon Honaker said one person was in critical condition and three others were in stable condition.