|Thursday, December 08, 2011 – WBAL Radio and Associated Press|
|Virginia Tech confirms a Virginia Tech police officer and another person have been killed in shootings that started at a parking lot on campus.
Authorities are seeking a suspect.
A campus-wide alert tells students and faculty to stay inside and lock doors.
In a statement, the university says a Virginia Tech police officer was shot during a routine traffic stop on campus in the Coliseum parking lot. Witnesses told police the suspect fled on foot and a second person was found dead.
The campus community is being asked to shelter-in-place.
The shooting comes the same day as Virginia Tech is appealing a $55,000 fine by the Education Department in connection with the university’s response to a 2007 rampage that left 33 people dead.
The suspect is described as a white male wearing gray sweat pants, gray hat with neon green brim, maroon hoodie and backpack. A message left with the university wasn’t immediately returned.
A student gunman killed 32 students and faculty and then shot himself on the campus in 2007.
Here is the message posted on the Virginia Tech University web site as of 1:35 PM:
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.