Today, Thursday December 8, 2011 alerts went out from Virgina Tech University to its faculty, students, and staff that read as follows
From VT Alerts (12:37 p.m.): Gun shots reported- Coliseum Parking lot. Stay Inside. Secure doors. Emergency personnel responding. Call 911 for help.
The shooter is supposedly one of the victims, but his cause of death is still unknown.
The next three in the hours that followed
, 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 (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.
Police investigating shootings on campus; shooter's status unknown
(Posted: 1:49 p.m.) Shortly after noon today, a Virginia Tech police officer stopped a vehicle on campus during a routine traffic stop in the Coliseum parking lot near McComas Hall. During the traffic stop. the officer was shot and killed. There were witnesses to this shooting.Witnesses reported to police the shooter fled on foot heading toward the Cage, a parking lot near Duck Pond Drive. At that parking lot, a second person was found. That person is also deceased.Several law enforcement agencies have responded to assist. Virginia State Police has been requested to take lead in the investigation The status of the shooter is unknown. The campus community should continue to shelter in place and visitors should not come to campus.
Many of the details regarding why this happened are unknown at this point.
Virgina Tech University is the site of one the worst school shooting massacre's in history. In April 2007 a school shooting left 33 people dead, including the gunman Seung-hui Cho.
ABC News reported today that, "
On Wednesday, Virginia Tech officials appeared in court to attempt to block $55,000 in fines connected to the 2007 shooting, according to the Associated Press The Education Department claims that the school violated the law by waiting over two hours before notifying students via email that a students had been shot. The school argues that it acted appropriately and is being held to high standards that did not exist at the time of the shooting."
After the 2007 shooting at Virgina Tech, tighter security measures were instituted in schools, including new rules regarding notifying students of emergencies through text messages, and social media like Facebook and Twitter.