THE KILLER'S NOTE WAS SIGNED ISMAIL AX (FOX news). It would certainly explain the delay in releasing his name. In the note he was railing against "debauchery" and "rich kids."
He said to the statues, joking; then with his ax he destroyed all the statues except one, ... Ibrahim and Ismail kept on calling people to worship Allah
VT shooters guns had serial numbers filed off, the assassination of 32 VT students and facility was pre-planned and carried out with "hired hit-man professionalism." "Even among the less serious injuries, Cacioppo said, "we saw one patient that had a bullet wound to the wrist, one to the elbow and one to the thigh. We had another one with a bullet wound to the abdomen, one to the chest and one to the head." A source familiar with the investigation said the weapons found at Norris were a Walther .22-caliber semi-automatic and a 9 mm Glock -- both with the serial numbers filed off.
Watch how quickly these guns can be fired, reloaded.
Let the American people see the writings they are talking about that were so disturbed. Let the American people decide. Stop deceiving us and lying by omission.
This took great planning and skilled marksmanship
News reports also said that he may have been taking medication for depression, that he was becoming increasingly violent and erratic, and that he left a note in his dorm in which he railed against "rich kids," "debauchery" and "deceitful charlatans" on campus.
UPDATE: A bomb threat note was found near the killer. And there's more.
Cho also died with the words "Ismail Ax" in red ink on one of his arms.
More on the note here.
The New York Post expounds on the significance of "ISMAIL AX" here;
The reference may be to the Islamic account of the Biblical sacrifice of Abraham, where God commands the patriarch to sacrifice his own son. Abraham begins to comply, but God intervenes at the last moment to save the boy.
In the Jewish and Christian traditions, the son is Isaac, father of the Jewish people; in Islam, it is his brother, Ismail (Ishmael in Hebrew).
Abraham uses a knife in most versions of the story, but some accounts have him wielding an ax.
A more obscure reference may be to a passage in the Koran referring to Abraham's destruction of pagan idols; in some accounts, he uses an ax to do so.
UPDATE: The Smoking Gun has a copy of the killer's play that got him referred for counseling.
Flicker page description:
He's a South Korean. Ismail is not his real name. He use it because his name is very hard to pronounce, especially for Indonesian people. His real name is Cho Seung Hoo ....... or is it Jo Sung Ho?
Blog Hero has an excellent post here.
Boing Boing is questioning it too here.
UPDATE 6:37pm: No one is talking about the "Ismail Ax" fact. I mean no one. No TV, little
print. I just watched the whole press conference and not one, not one, reporter
asked about it. They asked about everything from soup to nuts (down to the class
scheduling going forward) but not one query about Ismail AX. Am I nuts? The man
had Ismail Ax written in red on his arm. Is that not deserving of some
investigation or question?
UPDATE: The red ink on the inside of one of his arms leads to speculation that he may have been a Muslim. In Islamic lore, Ismail is a reference to the 'son of sacrifice'. More here.
UPDATE: The guy in the flicker profile is not him. Eldarossell wrote a post
He's not the guy.
I write this to clarify that my friend is not the VT Shooter.
Yes, the murderer name (Cho Seung Hui) had a very similar
name to his name, Cho Seung Hoo.Please note to the HOO and
the HUI in their names.
More posts here.