Continued from page 1

“Imposing something might have been better than doing nothing,” Mrs. Sherman said during a break. “I think notification of the first shooting should have been made immediately. And I don’t care how. It may be a loud siren. Even in the Green Zone in Iraq, they’ve got the siren that tells everybody to take cover. They didn’t even do anything like that. And that, to me, is inexcusable.”

After the meeting, Mr. Massengill reiterated that the panel was still exploring all angles of the investigation and would issue a comprehensive report.

“As to whether we will answer all the questions or say all the things that some people want us to say, I doubt that,” he said. “I expect in the eyes of some people the recommendations will not go far enough. I expect in the eyes of some other people they’ll go too far.”

Last night, relatives asked that a federal commission be appointed to investigate the shootings.

“We expect for the panel to identify in their report those issues which are beyond their scope and to address our call for a federal commission to continue the work of the panel and address the broader issues for the nation,” they said.

Families of 16 of who died and two who were injured collaborated on the statement, said Thomas Fadoul, a lawyer serving as a spokesman for Virginia Tech Victims, a group made up of many of the victims’ family members.

The families also said they remain “very concerned about the leadership of the university” and said they expect Tech’s board of visitors to “very seriously consider affixing responsibility and accountability” for the tragedy.