BLACKSBURG, VA - APRIL 16: Police officers gather in front of McBryde Hall on the campus of Virginia Tech University after a shooting left at least 32 dead April 16, 2007 in Blacksburg, Virginia. McBryde Hall is next to Norris Hall, which is where the second shooting incident killing at least 30 people happened. (Photo by Vincent Kline/Getty Images)
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Saying his state still has painful memories from the April 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech, the governor extended his sympathies to Connecticut following an elementary school massacre.
Gov. Bob McDonnell said his thoughts and prayers are with the families affected by Friday's shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
An official tells The Associated Press that 27 people are dead, including 18 children. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still under way.
Tim Kaine was governor at the time. But McDonnell says memories of the Tech shootings have never faded in Virginia, which continues to grieve for those slain by a lone gunman on the Blacksburg campus.
The gunman also killed himself, leaving 33 dead in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
The Associated Press