Virginia Tech University spokesman Mark Owczarski told the Associated Press a campus police officer stopped a vehicle shortly after noon today in the school's Coliseum parking lot, near McComas Hall.

"During the traffic stop. the officer was shot and killed. There were witnesses to this shooting," Owczarski said in the statement.

"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," he said.

Owczarski said there was a dragnet for the gunman. The campus is locked down.

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