The sprawling Virginia Tech campus was nearly deserted Monday evening as students mourned the largest shooting massacre in modern U.S. history.
A small group of students stood in a circle in front of a closed Squires Student Center and talked about the tragedy, hunching against a bitter wind that showed no mercy.
After a windswept five-hour drive from D.C., correspondent Tom Costello and I arrived to a familiar scene in Blacksburg Monday night.
Having covered many breaking news stories in my career, I'm used to what it looks like when you get there. A sea of satellite dishes, what seems like miles and miles of cables, and cameras everywhere.
As officials, students and families struggle to come to terms with the tragedy at Virginia Tech, a team of MSNBC.com reporters and editors and NBC News producers and correspondents is on the scene.