Virginia Tech: Lockdown Lifted Following Shooting, Weapon Found
A gunman shot and killed a Virginia Tech University police officer earlier today. Police said a second person was later found dead. The second victim is believed to be the gunman.
Today’s shooting comes four years after a shooting spree in which a Virginia Tech student, Cho Seung-Hui, killed 32 people on the campus before killing himself back in April 2007.
Around 4:30 p.m., the school in Blacksburg, Virginia, announced on its Twitter feed that “law enforcement agencies have determined there is no longer an active threat or need to secure in place. Resume normal activities.”
Police said the incident started shortly after noon, when the police officer made a traffic stop in the Coliseum parking lot near McComas Hall. During that stop, a person who wasn’t involved in the traffic stop approached and shot the officer, authorities said.
After witnesses told police that the shooter fled toward a nearby parking lot, an investigating officer saw a “suspicious person” alive in that lot. When the officer circled back to approach the person – described as a white male – that person was dead of a gunshot wound, police said.