Virginia Tech Shooting
Two people are dead in Blacksburg, Virginia, including one police officer, following a shooting at Virginia Tech University. Both the Tech campus, as well as the local school district, are currently on lock-down status, indicating that the shooter has not yet been apprehended. Campus officials report that this incident began with a traffic stop, resulting in the death of the officer. The cause or identity of the second shooting victim is unknown at this time.
The suspect is described as a white male in a maroon hoodie with a neon green ball cap.
In 2007, Virginia Tech was the site of one of the worst school shootings in American history. Campus police were criticized following that incident because of a two-hour time delay in which students were not notified of a critical incident on campus. The shooter, Seung-Hui Cho, was able to chain entrances shut trapping students inside.
Students reportedly have received a series of three text messages from campus officials notifying them of the situation, a description of the shooter, and ways they can stay safe during the incident.
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