Thursday, April 19, 2007
Plot hatched behind cinder block walls
A sealed door at the end of a narrow hall is where police believe the gruesome plot was hatched. It is 2121 Harper Hall, and an orange, fish-shaped name plate outside the door notes it was the campus home of Cho Seung-Hui.

CNN visited the suite Thursday afternoon, including a common area Cho shared with his five other suitemates. Its cinder block walls have those suitemates convinced at least part of his angry videotaped statement about the massacre was recorded in their dormitory area, while they were likely off at classes.

"The backdrop of the video looks exactly like our suite's white bricks," Karan Grewal told CNN in an interview outside Harper Hall.

Grewal said Cho could not have recorded the manifesto with anyone around because it is such a small space, but he said his loner suitemate often sat quietly while the others came and left.

"Maybe he just figured out our schedules," he said.

Grewal says he and the others were handcuffed and questioned when police served a search warrant Monday night hours after the shootings. He says they all gave up months ago even trying to make small talk with Cho, and that Cho would look down when walking around the suite or in the hallways to avoid eye contact with others.

"He never spoke," Grewal said. "I never saw him with anybody else. Ever. I just thought he was very lonely."

Grewal says police asked him if Cho had any disturbing posters or clothing, and that he said he did not believe so. The search warrant inventory indicates computers, notes, a digital camera and CDs were among the items seized as police search for clues as to whether Cho knew or contacted any of his victims, or any more information as to why he carried out the massacre.

-- By John King, CNN Chief National Correspondent
Posted By CNN: 9:51 PM ET
  5 Comments
Why on earth were those poor young men handcuffed? They must have been terrified. Unless you pick your roommate, I guess you never know what you are going to get. At least they say they tried to reach out to him. This young man must have had many hidden demons. I can't wait to see my son and hug him this week-end. I have talked to him everyday. I think this really got to him and his friends. Thanks for your report.
Posted By Anonymous Kathy Chicago,Il : 10:23 PM ET
Hi John,
The more I hear about Cho the more I believe he was very wrong in his head for a long, long time. I hope the police can piece together the facts, then work with other professionals to hopefully stop this from ever happening again. In the end that's all we can do, it's too late for an intervention. And that's sad and tragic. Take Care
Posted By Anonymous Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif. : 10:23 PM ET
Has anyone checked to see if Cho was going to graduate in May? Maybe the thought of being pushed out into the real world is what made him choose now to act.
Posted By Anonymous Mary, Richmond, VA : 11:17 PM ET
Dear John, Dear Anderson,

Even though the following would most likely not have stopped the killing, but it would have maybe made it more difficult for Cho Seung-Hui to go through with the execution of his plan.

This is not about an increase in gun control for citizens of the US, so the NRA has nothing to worry.

Fact is the US constitution is related to US citizens, not for visitors of any kind. Therefore I do not understand how one, no matter in which state, maybe be permitted to purchase firearms if one is not a US citizen. The 2 amendment gives US citizens the right to bear arms, no one else.

This needs to be changed throughout all of the United States.
Posted By Anonymous Ramsi Hashash MN : 12:04 AM ET
I saw your report tonight, Mr. King. Thank you for that. I'll write this here since I do not know where else to put it.

I am amazed at how the American people want other people, such as the media, censoring what they see, like the photos of the monster that did the shootings. Isn't it bad enough that your government will not allow you to show the caskets of soldiers lost in Iraq and Afghanistan? But now too many people ask you to further censor what they see.

People who have seen only American TV would be amazed at what is shown around the world. Even CNN en EspaƱol is much looser in their censoring than CNN in English is. You should just continue to warn watchers/readers that what they see may be disturbing or is graphic, and let the people decide. You censor too much already.

I am sorry for the Virginia victims and their families. I am also sorry for ALL the people, not just westerners, dying in the Middle East because the Bush Administration has guns too.
Posted By Anonymous Ramon G. Guadalajara Mexico : 1:13 AM ET
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