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Thursday
Dec082011

Virginia Tech on High Alert After Report of 'Shots Fired'

Virginia TechUPDATE: The campus lockdown has been lifted, officials announced at an afternoon news conference.

(BLACKSBURG, Va.) – Two people, including a police officer, are dead after a shooting on the campus of Virginia Tech, and students are being urged to remain indoors as officials search for the gunman.

“Shortly after 12 p.m. today, a Virginia Tech Police officer stoped [sic] a vehicle on campus during a routine traffic stop in the Coliseum parking lot near McComas Hall,” campus spokesman Mark Owczarski said in a statement Thursday. It was during that traffic stop that the police officer was shot and killed, Owczarski said.

“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,” Owczarski said.

“Everyone should seek shelter or stay where you are," Virginia Tech's website said earlier Thursday.

The university’s website described the suspect as a “white male, gray sweat pants, gray hat w/neon green brim, maroon hoodie and backpack.”

“Status of the shooter is unknown,” Owczarski said. “The campus community should continue to shelter in place and visitors should not come to campus.”

On April 16, 2007, Virginia Tech student Seung-Hui Cho opened fire on the campus, killing 32 students and faculty before turning the gun on himself.

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