Virginia Tech Shooting Archive Opens to the Public

The public can now see thousands of documents and e-mails related to the 2007 mass shootings at Virginia Tech.

On Monday the university opened a terminal in a corner of the school's Newman Library and one at the Library of Virginia in Richmond with access to the archive of 7,600 documents and e-mails about the campus rampage that left 33 people dead, including the gunman.

School officials say once they determine that the site can handle a large volume of traffic, anyone with Internet access will be able to see the records.

The university was required to set up the archive as part of a $11 million settlement with families of the victims.

The families have had private codes since mid-December to access the archive.

Among the documents are records and e-mails about Seung-Hui Cho, who committed suicide after killing two people in a dormitory and 30 in a classroom building. Also included is correspondence from university leaders the day of the shooting and the day after.

The school's technical staff is looking into whether it will post the archive online.