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Virginia Tech Locked Down After Report of Man with Gun

August 04, 2011  | 

Virginia Tech, the site of a 2007 massacre where 33 people were killed, was locked down early Thursday, after a man was seen with a gun.

In a notice posted on the school's Web site, the university advised people on campus to stay indoors and secure doors. Three juveniles attending a camp at the university reported seeing a man holding what appeared to be a gun at 9:09 a.m. local time. The man was seen outside of New Residence Hall East heading toward the volleyball courts.

A person with a gun was later seen near the Deitrick dining center, according to a subsequent alert, reports Bloomberg.

The Virginia State Police sent six units to assist the school in locating the man, and the FBI also sent agents. Virginia Tech Police Chief Wendell Flinchum announced at 11:35 a.m. local time that officers continue to question people and search for the man, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

At 2:41 p.m., administrators lifted the lock down, so the campus could resume normal activity.

In 2007, student Seung Hui Cho went on a two-hour rampage, killing 32 people before taking his own life.

Sources: Bloomberg, Richmond Times-Dispatch

Tags: Campus Safety, Virginia State Police


Comments (2)

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Morning Eagle @ 8/5/2011 11:35 AM

This story is completely illogical and implausible. After all, it is illegal to have a gun on that campus so the teenage reporters must have been hallucinating, as no one would have dared to violate a law that was intended to protect everybody from everybody. Just look at all the LE manpower from different agencies that was wasted responding to a situation that couldn't possibly have existed. Oh - I forgot about the 32 people killed back in 2007 by a shooter that wasn't allowed to have a gun on campus back then either. Well, so much for laws that only impact the law abiding but have zero effect on those with criminal intent.

mini28 @ 8/5/2011 3:55 PM

If the liberal ones in office would start allowing law abiding concealed carry permit holders to have their weapons on campus, a lot of this BS would stop. If they were allowed to in the first place that miscreant Cho wouldn't have been able to kill and maim so many innocent people. This moron if there happened to be one would have thought twice about carrying his weapon onto campus.

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