Another Virginia Tech shooting (evolving story)
Here’s what’s out there now. In light of the information flying fast and furious this will update. I was present for the first shooting, so my phone is blowing up at the moment:
A police officer has reportedly been shot on the Virginia Tech campus, where police just apprehended an apparent suspect—though another suspect, a “white male, gray sweat pants, gray hat w/neon green brim, maroon hoodie and backpack,” may still be at large. There’s also a “potential second victim” in the Cage parking lot; Roanoke Times reporter Lerone Graham is Tweeting live from the campus, as is student paper Collegiate Times.
Update 1:53 p.m. The university has confirmed that two people have been killed. The “suspect” who surrendered outside the Performing Arts building was not arrested, and more shots have been reported on campus.
More from CNN:
[Updated 1:56 p.m. ET] A Virginia Tech police officer has been shot and killed after making a traffic stop on the university’s campus, Mark Owczarski, the university’s director of news and information, said Thursday.
The suspect fled on foot toward another parking lot where a second person was also found dead, he said.
The shooter is still at large, he said.
[Updated 1:39 p.m. ET] Sirens were heard around the Virginia Tech campus Thursday, and rescue workers were trying to resuscitate a person who was on the ground, school employee Brian Walls told CNN. The school was on lockdown after shots were reported, and the school’s website said a police officer was shot.
Follow the incident via the Twitter feed of the school’s newspaper, the Collegiate Times. These reports have not been confirmed by CNN.
[Updated 1:16 p.m. ET] A police officer has been shot on or near the campus of Virginia Tech, the university’s website says. A possible second victim is reported down in a parking lot and the suspect is at large, the website says.
Classes for the semester ended Wednesday. Students were preparing Thursday for final exams.
[Posted 1:01 p.m. ET] The campus of Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg is on lockdown after a report of shots being fired on the campus.
The suspected shooter is described as a white male wearing gray sweat pants, a gray hat with a neon green brim and a maroon hoodie and carrying a backpack, according to the university’s website.
Those on campus should seek shelter or stay where they are, the website says.
In April 2007, Cho Seung-Hui, a 23-year-old Virginia Tech student, shot dead 32 people on the campus before killing himself.
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415pmEST Update: Full coverage from MSNBC
915pmEST Update: The officer killed had 5 children, suspect found dead