Police Officer Killed At Virginia Tech; Gunman Dead

Thursday, December 08, 2011 – WBAL Radio and Associated Press
 
A law enforcement official says the gunman who fled after killing a police officer on campus is believed to be dead.

The law enforcement official had knowledge of the case and spoke on condition of anonymity.

After the officer was shot Thursday, authorities found a second body in a campus parking lot.

It was not immediately clear if that second body was that of the gunman.

The shooting triggered a lockdown on the sprawling campus that in 2007 was the scene of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

School officials said earlier in the day that the officer was shot during a routine traffic stop.

The officer has not yet been identified.

Here is the message posted on the Virginia Tech University web site as of 3:23 PM:

Update: Alert remains active; stay where you are

(Posted: 3:09 p.m.) There are no new substantiated reports of suspicious or criminal activity. Status of the shooter remains unknown.

Update: Exams postponed for Friday, Dec. 9

(Posted: 2:59 p.m.) Tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 9 is the start of final exams for the fall term. Exams scheduled for Friday (tomorrow) have been postponed.

A decision regarding the final exam schedule will be made as soon as we have more information. All information will be send via campus wide email and posted to the university homepage.(Posted: 2:59 p.m.) Tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 9 is the start of final exams for the fall term. Exams scheduled for Friday (tomorrow) have been postponed.

A decision regarding the final exam schedule will be made as soon as we have more information. All information will be send via campus wide email and posted to the university homepage.

Update: Media briefing to be held at Schott Media Room at 4:30 p.m.
(Posted: 2:39 p.m.)
Media are advised to stage and gather at the Schott Media Room in the west side South End Zone, lower level of Lane Stadium.

Parking will be in the Track Soccer Lot

The university is planning a 4:30 p.m. media briefing.

Update: Shooter’s status remains unknown; visitors advised to stay away from campus
(Posted: 2:20 p.m.)
Numerous reports have been made recently of sounds identified as gunshots and suspicious activity on campus. These recent reports have been investigated and are unfounded. The suspect’s status remains unknown. Several law enforcement agencies are on scene to assist. Please stay where you are and secure your surroundings.

Police investigating shootings on campus; shooter’s status unknown
(Posted: 1:49 p.m.)
Shortly after noon today, a Virginia Tech police officer stopped a vehicle on campus during a routine traffic stop in the Coliseum parking lot near Comas Hall

During the traffic stop. the officer was shot and killed. There were witnesses to this shooting.

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.

Several law enforcement agencies have responded to assist. Virginia State Police has been requested to take lead in the investigation

The status of the shooter is unknown. The campus community should continue to shelter in place and visitors should not come to campus.

From VT Alerts (1:12 p.m.): Suspect remains at large. A police officer has been shot. A potential second victim is reported at the Cage lot. Stay indoors. Secure in place.

From VT Alerts (12:47 p.m.): Suspect described as white male, gray sweat pants, gray hat w/neon green brim, maroon hoodie and backpack. On foot towards McComas. Call 911

From VT Alerts (12:37 p.m.): Gun shots reported- Coliseum Parking lot. Stay Inside. Secure doors. Emergency personnel responding. Call 911 for help.

 
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