This just in - VA Tech on lockdown, LEO killed
- Two dead on campus of Va Tech
Posted: Dec 08, 2011 10:01 AM PST Updated: Dec 08, 2011 12:59 PM PST
Tech is on lockdown after two people were killed on campus. (Source:
second victim, believed to be a student, was found in the Cage Lot, after the
shooter fled on foot. (Source: WSLS)
BLACKSBURG, VA (RNN) - Two people have been killed on the campus of
Virginia Tech, the scene of the worst mass shooting by a single gunman in U.S.
history. One of the victims is a campus police officer.
The state police, the FBI, a SWAT team, emergency response teams and
police dogs have swarmed the campus searching for the unidentified shooter. So
far, none has been found.
An emergency response team was called in to the bottom floor of the
student center, where students have been sequestered during the campus-wide
Nearby Montgomery County Schools were also been placed on lockdown, with
busses expected to be released 60 to 90 minutes late. Police are searching
nearby cars for the suspect.
The shooting appears to be the result of a traffic stop gone wrong, when
the alleged shooter opened fire on the female police officer. The officer
returned fire before succumbing to her injuries.
"Shortly after 12 p.m. today, a Virginia Tech officer stopped a vehicle on
campus during a routine traffic stop in the Coliseum parking lot near
McComas hall. During the traffic stop, the officer was shot and killed,"
according to a statement by Mark Owczarski, director of news and information at
A person who matches the description of the gunman was spotted sitting at
a bus stop; however he was not arrested. The alleged shooter is described
as a white male wearing gray sweatpants, a gray hat with a neon brim, maroon
hoodie and backpack.
The shots were fired near an off-campus parking lot, and then about an
hour later at the performing arts center. A person near the center apparently
surrendered to authorities, but he was not arrested.
The second victim, believed to be a student, was found in another parking
lot near Duck Pond Drive, after the shooter fled on foot.
More shots were reported in at least two other locations on campus.
However, police said those sounds were trash dumpsters banging together during
Law enforcement blocked the back gates to the campus, and police requested
any unassigned units to report to the south gate. At least 15 squad cars
were reported on campus.
Law enforcement have investigated reports of suspicious vehicles and
suspicious persons in their search for the gunman.
Finals for the students, which were supposed to start Friday, have been
This is not the first shooting on the Virginia Tech campus. On April 26,
2007, Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people - five faculty members and 27 students
- and wounded 25 others before committing suicide.
Cho, who was a senior, shot two people at West Ambler Johnston Hall, a
dormitory before crossing campus to Norris Hall, a classroom building.
Cho chained the main entrance doors shut to prevent anyone from exiting
the building and hindering police from entering the building. Students jumped
from windows to escape the shooter.
Cho killed himself as police stormed the building.
In August, the campus was placed on lockdown after reports of a gunman
were made to campus police. No gunman was ever found.
Ironically, testimony had been scheduled today in an appeal hearing
requested by the university for fines levied against it for its handling of the
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