Va. Tech gunman called quiet, went to small school

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Authorities declined to answer some questions about Ashley, including whether he had any mental health issues or was licensed to carry a handgun.

But Gov. Bob McDonnell commented briefly on the shooting while helping load presents into a van for the Marine Corps Reserves’ Toys for Tots program.

“Some crimes, there’s a relationship between a perpetrator and a victim, and some there aren’t,” said Mr. McDonnell, a former prosecutor and attorney general. “There are random acts of violence, they involve either mental health issues, or robbery, or other motivations. … Unfortunately in our society random acts of violence do occur, we unfortunately see it every day somewhere in this country.”

He said there’s an “extra degree of scrutiny” of incidents at Virginia Tech because of the 2007 mass shooting.

“It’s just unfortunate and almost inexplicable that you could have a series of these events happen in a short four-year period,” the governor said.

• Bob Lewis reported from Radford. Associated Press writers Michael Felberbaum, Larry O’Dell, Steve Szkotak and Dena Potter in Richmond, Brock Vergakis in Norfolk and Eric Tucker in Washington contributed to this report.

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