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Posted on Thu, Dec 8, 2011 : 2:08 p.m.

Virginia Tech lockdown lifted after two killed on campus

By Kellie Woodhouse

Virginia Tech is reporting that two people have been killed on the Blacksburg, Va. campus.

A campus police officer was shot to death after a routine traffic stop, according to a school release. Officials also found a second person dead at a campus parking lot.

Police have lifted a lockdown that was in place for at least three hours today. On its Facebook page, the school said officials determined there was no longer a threat posed to students. The posting did not say whether the suspect was apprehended, but NBC News is reporting the second deceased body was that of the man who killed the officer.


At 1:12 p.m. the following alert was posted on the school's website: "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."

According to a CNN report, rescue workers were seen trying to resuscitate a person who was on the ground at the campus earlier today.

University of Michigan police spokeswoman Diane Brown said she had not heard about the shooting at about 1:30 p.m., but said that "it's very unlikely" that U-M would heighten its security levels due to shooting in Virginia.

"I'm not familiar with the details of that situation, but our officers are on alert each and every time they go out to begin their shifts," she said.

University of Michigan is scheduled to play the Virginia Tech Hokies at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Jan. 3.

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Prior to the 1:12 p.m. alert, Virginia Tech issued two other notices regarding the shooting.

12:37 p.m.: Gun shots reported- Coliseum Parking lot. Stay Inside. Secure doors. Emergency personnel responding. Call 911 for help.

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

Nearly five years ago, in April 2007, 23-year-old student Cho Seung-Hui killed 32 people on the campus before shooting himself.

The school is providing regular updates on its Facebook page.

Kellie Woodhouse covers higher education for Reach her at or 734-623-4602 and follow her on twitter.



Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 12:03 p.m.

Why is this local news? The ONLY link to anything local is the reference to a game that will be played a month from now. Why isn't this simply a link at the bottom of the page to a national story. Oh yeah I get it ;) Virginia Tech's shooting is still is current enough to generate a lot of hits. Kent State not so much. You profit from other people's pain. I am embarrassed. I know this will put the good people of Blacksburg on edge. I wish them peace and calm.

Kai Petainen

Thu, Dec 8, 2011 : 11:21 p.m.

i have a stupid question -- why would another school increase their security because of an event at another school?


Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 1:28 a.m.

Because that is what sheep do...they flock..


Thu, Dec 8, 2011 : 10:38 p.m.

Brawl? armed society is the polite society... We can't help that others voice their opinions without logic or decorum.


Thu, Dec 8, 2011 : 8:24 p.m.

I propose a "reserves" program similar to the National Guard. Offer up a program to faculty, staff, and eligible (21+) students a program that provides once-per-month training (and a few weeks training each summer) in crisis response. Train them in the use of firearms, and give them a police badge. During moments of crisis, activate the reserves to help respond and coordinate with police efforts. That way, people working everyday in each building can secure each building within minutes, and there won't be a 30-90 minute police response time.


Thu, Dec 8, 2011 : 8:19 p.m.

Yet again, a gun present in a gun-free zone. Those signs aren't working.


Thu, Dec 8, 2011 : 7:45 p.m.

We haven't had an all-out brawl discussing guns on campus here at in awhile. Looks like today's the day.

Billy Bob Schwartz

Thu, Dec 8, 2011 : 7:22 p.m.

I hope this idiocy ends without further injury, other than to the shooter. This is a terrible thing, especially for Va. Tech. after their horrendous event of five years ago. It can only bring forth fear and bad memories for all. Go Hokies.