Another Shooting at Virginia Tech; 2 Dead, Campus on Lockdown


Virginia Tech, the site of an April 2007 massacre in which Cho Seung-Hui shot 32 people dead on campus before killing himself, is on high alert lockdown again, in the wake of another shooting.

Two people, including a policeman are confirmed dead. Details from this story are only just beginning to develop. The suspect has not been apprehended and students are being told, “Stay indoors. Secure in place.” Alert sirens went off and emails were sent out.

An alert on the Virginia Tech school’s website said: “There is an active campus alert in Blacksburg. Everyone should seek shelter or stay where you are. Blacksburg Transit service is suspended until the alert is lifted.”

From ABC news:

Virginia Tech spokesman Mark Owczarski said a campus police officer stopped a vehicle shortly after noon today in the school’s Coliseum parking lot, near McComas Hall.

“During the traffic stop. the officer was shot and killed. There were witnesses to this shooting,” Owczarski said in the statement.

“Witnesses reported to police the shooter fled on foot heading toward the Cage, a parking lot near Duck Pond Drive. At that parking lot, a second person was found. That person is also deceased,” he said.

 Owczarski said there was a dragnet for the gunman.
Today is Reading Day, a day set aside for studying and classes are not held. Last night, was one of the biggest party days of the year as classes ended Monday. Fall semester final exams begin Friday. This is the third time the campus has been on lock-down from a gun related incident in the past five years. Just a few months ago in the summer, a gun man was spotted on campus. There were summer school sessions and day camps taking place at the time.

According to CNN on that day:

“The white male was described as having light brown hair and being 6 feet tall and was walking in the direction of a volleyball court. The man was wearing a blue and white striped shirt, gray shorts and brown sandals. He had no glasses or facial hair, according to the report.

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