CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) — Police officials who responded to the first shootings at Virginia Tech on the day a gunman later killed 30 people say they believed the initial violence was an isolated, domestic incident.

The testimony Monday by the state witnesses is intended to bolster defense claims that Virginia Tech officials believed the first shootings on April 16, 2007, were targeted and not a threat to the wider campus.

The state began its presentation on Monday in a wrongful death suit brought by the parents of two Virginia Tech students who were among the 33 killed on campus nearly five years ago in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Attorneys representing the state have presented a witness list topping 50, but they declined to say who they’ll be calling Monday in Circuit Court in Christiansburg, less than 10 miles from the Blacksburg campus.

They are expected to present expert testimony that will support Tech officials who said they delayed alerting students of the first two killings, believing they were domestic and not a threat to the wider campus.

The parents of the two slain students are seeking $100,000 each, but say they are primarily interested in holding Tech officials accountable for their actions.

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