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article imageVirginia Tech alert lifted, gunman reportedly shot himself

By Kim I. Hartman     Dec 8, 2011 in World
Blacksburg - Virginia Tech officials have announced the alert at the school has been lifted after a weapon was found beside the body of the second individual in today's shooting. Police stopped short of saying the shooter of the VT police officer committed suicide.
Virginia Tech officials, joined by the Virginia State Police and the Virginia Tech campus police, held a news conference at 4:30 today, following the shooting of a VT police officer.
The officer was shot during a routine traffic stop, said Police Deputy Chief Gene Deisinger. The police spokesman said the traffic stop occurred near McComas Hall this afternoon. Dispatch reports having lost contact with the unidentified male officer during the incident.
When a second traffic patrol car was sent to the scene the officer was found dead.
At this time an alert was issued by officials of Virginia Tech, as reported by Digital Journal. Campus officials issued a description of the shooter who, according to witness statements, approached the officer and shot him at point blank range.
During the campus-wide search patrol officers reportedly saw a suspicious looking individual in a parking lot area known as the 'duck pond.' The officer returned to question the suspect and found him dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. A weapon was found with the body of the shooter. Police refused to identify the caliber of weapon found with the second body.
Virginia Tech President Dr. Charles W. Steger said, "words can not describe their feelings following today's tragic shooting. Campus officials are brokenhearted again over the loss of life and are deeply grateful for the service of the Virginia Tech Police force."
Steger said there was "no longer an ongoing threat," and the campus alert had been lifted. A search of the campus revealed no credible threats existed. Police report the situation at Virginia Tech is now safe. Students and faculty have been told they can resume normal activities.
Virginia State Police announced they have taken the lead in the investigation into the death of the officer who was assigned to the patrol division. The identity of the shooter is being withheld at this time.
Final exams, scheduled to begin tomorrow at Virginia Tech, have been postponed.
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