Police Officer Killed At Virginia Tech

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.

 
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