Gunman kills two at Virginia Tech

2011-12-08 21:44

Washington - A gunman shot and killed a campus police officer and a second person on Thursday at Virginia Tech, the scene in 2007 of the deadliest school shooting in US history.

The university indicated on its website that the shooter - described as a white male in a maroon hooded sweatshirt and grey sweatpants - might still be at large, as the 31 000-student campus was put under lockdown.

"The status of the shooter is unknown," it said. "The campus community should continue to shelter in place and visitors should not come to campus.

It said the police officer, a member of Virginia Tech's own security force, was shot and killed during a "routine traffic stop" in a parking lot near the McComas swimming pool and athletics building.

"Witnesses reported to police the shooter fled on foot heading toward the Cage, a parking lot near Duck Pond Drive," it added. "At that parking lot, a second person was found. That person is also deceased."

Collegiate Times, a student newspaper at Virginia Tech, said on its Twitter feed that students were being moved to a secure location inside the Squires student centre on campus.

Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, Virginia, was the scene of the deadliest shooting incident by a single gunman in US history in April 2007 when an English major, Seung-Hui Cho, 23, killed 32 people before taking his own life.

Twenty-five others were wounded.

  • Geronimo - 2011-12-08 22:05

    What is it with these Yanks and their school/college shootings? Too big a gun culture but that's too big an issue for them ("right to bear arms etc) to ever change.

      david.joffe - 2011-12-09 08:07

      The problem is not the gun culture, it's that schools are so-called "gun-free zones", which means that killers can shoot up schools KNOWING that everybody there is totally defenseless. If even just 10% of students were armed, shootings like the Cho one would not have been possible. Same story with Fort Hood, and many others.

  • Raymond - 2011-12-08 22:06

    This is so sad, why not just face whatever you have done kill anyone and you get whats coming....hopefully its wrapped in a full metal jacket.

  • Call_Of_Muti_3 - 2011-12-08 22:28

    Clearly, Apartheid is to blame.

      Paul - 2011-12-09 06:04

      Embarassed by your white trolls??

      J-Man - 2011-12-09 07:58

      Haha - "Call of Muti 3" - cool name!

  • emile.eley - 2011-12-08 22:29

    How's that for "First World"?

      Riaan - 2011-12-08 22:39

      Still beats living in the banana republic of arse-ania

      Geronimo - 2011-12-08 22:55

      West is best bro.

  • Fidel - 2011-12-09 08:04

    Amerikans enjoy killing waaaay to much to be described in any other terms than 'barbaric'. A man, woman and children killing machine.

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