8 Minutes After 911 Call, A Rescue From Madness
Friday, June 22, 2007
BLACKSBURG, Va. "We've been hurt," the voice whispered, terrified, into a cellphone.
On the other end of the line, Virginia Tech Police Lt. Debbi Morgan could hear gunfire. It was so loud that it sounded as if someone was shooting right into the receiver.
"Where are you?" Morgan asked, doing her best to stay calm.
"Two-Eleven Norris Hall," the voice said so softly that it was obvious to Morgan that the person did not want to be heard.
There's a shooting! 211 Norris Hall! Morgan shouted to two dispatchers. Happening now.
"Are you still there?" Morgan asked.
Gasping for breath.
"I can't talk," the voice said.
"Keep yourself safe," Morgan said. "We're sending people."
"Please hurry," the voice whispered.