American Virginia Tech University is no stranger to gun attacks.In April 2007 32 people were killed by student Seung-Hui Cho. Today, December 8, 2011, there are reports that two people have been shot dead at Virginia Tech.
A police officer was shot and killed as he performed a routine search in one of the University's car parks. The gunman then ran off. Another person was found shot dead where the gunman had fled to. As yet the gunman has not been apprehended.
Reports have shown a heavy police presence arriving at the University campus. After the massacre in 2007 they are taking no chances.
The whereabouts of the gunman is not known. This has led police to warn people to stay indoors. If you are in the area the officers has issued a basic description of the alleged killer. He is a white male wearing a maroon hooded top, grey tracksuit bottoms and a grey hat, and is carrying a backpack.
Both victims are unidentified. The police officer was not killed instantly but died within a short space of time. State police are currently handling the operations.
The university.'s website posted this statement, "There is an active campus alert in Blacksburg. Everyone should seek shelter or stay where you are. Blacksburg Transit service is suspended until the alert is lifted." Al ockdown is in place.
More to follow..........
Update: It now appears that the man found dead was the killer of the poluce officer. The lockdown is over.
Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog