Shootings at Virginia Tech

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    Bad news from Virginia Tech.

    Virginia Tech officials say a police officer and another person have been shot and killed on the school’s campus. The suspect remains on the loose. They believe the suspect is still armed, CBS affiliate WDBJ reports.

    A news release from the school says the police officer had pulled someone over in what was a routine traffic stop Thursday. The officer was shot and killed during the traffic stop.

    Witnesses told police the shooter ran toward a parking lot on campus. A second person was found dead in that parking lot.

    Virginia State Police will be taking over the investigation, according to the news release. The FBI has two officers from the Roanoke office on scene at Virginia tech, CBS News had learned.

    A campus-wide alert tells students and faculty to stay inside and lock doors.

    The suspect is described as a white male wearing gray sweat pants, gray hat with neon green brim, maroon hoodie and backpack.

    See here for updates from Virginia Tech’s newspaper, the Collegiate Times (site down right now, they say they’re trying to get it back up shortly). Stay safe everybody, and let’s hope they catch this guy fast!

    P.S. As ArlNow points out, needless to say, this “conjures up bad memories of the 2007 shooting spree that claimed 33 lives.”

    • glennbear

      This has occurred in the same state where the Attorney General has issued opinions against the rights of colleges to restrict firearms on campus.

    • Senator McEachin Expresses Profound Dismay and Sadness Over New Shooting at Virginia Tech

      Henrico- Senator A. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico) today expressed his profound sadness and grief over the new shootings at Virginia Tech. Senator McEachin said, “When I first heard the report I, like all other Virginians, was immediately hurled back to that awful April morning five years ago. Once again, we mourn the loss of life. Once again, our hearts are in our throats as we think of our children on campus at Virginia Tech and campuses everywhere. Once again, we wonder about the senselessness of it all and, once again, as a Commonwealth we grieve.

      “I just want to take this moment to, in the midst of our helplessness, to hope that all those who grieve, all those who are touched by this, find comfort and solace. As Virginians, we will pray together that this tragedy is soon resolved and that all of those who have suffered will find peace and consolation. “

    • “I am deeply saddened by today’s news of another tragedy affecting the Virginia Tech community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those impacted by these shootings. Since this news first broke we have been monitoring the situation closely and I have made available all requested state resources to Virginia Tech, including the Virginia State Police. I have also spoken to Virginia Tech President Charles Steger earlier this afternoon.

      I want to thank the multiple law enforcement agencies and all of the officers for their speedy response and focus during this difficult time. I also want to commend Virginia Tech leadership, students, faculty and staff who cooperated to efficiently respond to this emergency.

      While we will await the completion of the initial investigation of this incident before commenting further, I want to again offer our continued support to all of those impacted by this tragedy. Virginia Tech is a university of great resolve, and I have no doubt that the students, alumni and faculty of this proud institution will emerge from this sad day stronger and more united than ever before.  There will continue to be needs in the days ahead as we move forward from this situation and I will ensure that those needs are met completely and fully by the Commonwealth.”

    • “I was saddened to learn of the tragic shooting today and of the officer who lost his life in the line of duty.  I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family of the officer who was slain, and to the entire Virginia Tech community, especially its leaders and police force.  Tech is one of the Commonwealth’s finest universities, recognized nationwide for its first-rate faculty, staff and students, and its officials demonstrated that excellence today through their handling of this difficult situation.”

    • VADEM

      believe this has happened AGAIN.

      Damn.

    • “I am relieved that today’s emergency situation at Virginia Tech appears to be resolved. I extend my deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of the campus police officer killed in the line of duty today. The Virginia Tech family, the Town of Blacksburg, and Montgomery County have faced tragedy too often in recent years. I feel particularly for the area’s law enforcement community who do great work every day but have seen another colleague lose his life in service. I commend all those who took proactive steps today to ensure campus safety.”