Virginia Tech released information of a police officer who was shot
Thursday and a possible second victim near the campus parking lot, issuing a campus-wide lockdown.
A campus-wide alert advised students and faculty to stay indoors and lock all doors. Authorities were in search of the suspect. University and law enforcement officials declined to comment on the condition of the police officer. This marks the second case since 2007’s mass shooting that took the lives of 33 people in modern U.S. history.
A law enforcement official, who chose to speak anonymously because he was unauthorized to speak about the case, said reports of the shooting occurred after a traffic stop.
From initial sightings, the suspect is described as a white male wearing gray sweat pants, a gray hat with a neon brim, a maroon hoodie and backpack.
Corey Smith, a 19-year-old sophomore from Mechanicsville, Virgina., was heading to the dining hall near one of the shootings, but opted to stay inside after seeing the school’s alerts.
"It's crazy that someone would go and do something like that with all the stuff that happened in 2007," Smith said. "It's just weird to think about why someone would do something like this when the school's had so many problems."
The shooting landed on the same day as Virgina Tech, which has about 30,000 students, appealed a $50,000 fine by the U.S. Education Department. The fine was in connection to the shooting in 2007, where a gunman killed 32 students and faculty and then shot himself. --Eric Diep