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2 Dead At Virginia Tech: “No Longer an Active Threat,” Say Officials

2 Dead At Virginia Tech: “No Longer an Active Threat,” Say Officials

A campus police officer and a man are dead after a shooting around noon on Thursday on the campus of Virginia Tech University, the scene of the deadliest school shooting in the US when a student, Seung-Hui Cho, shot and killed 32 people before killing himself in 2007.

The police officer was shot during what is being described as a routine traffic stop in a parking lot near McComas Hall, a gym and sports building. The gunman was then seen running towards a different parking lot called the Cage and the campus was put on lockdown around 1:00 pm; everyone was told to “seek shelter or stay where you are.” Schools in Montgomery County were also placed on lockdown.

Around 4:30 pm, a man who had been shot dead was found at the parking lot called the Cage. A weapon was also found in the parking lot. At about the same time, university officials said there was “no longer an active threat” on the campus and lifted the lockdown.

At a news conference this afternoon, officials would not confirm whether the second man found dead was the shooter.

After the 2007 attack, Virginia Tech was fined $55,000 by the Department of Education for waiting too long to notify students about the attack. Today — the same day of another attack — the campus police chief and other university officials were in Washington to appeal the fine.

Ed Falco, the director of creative writing at Virginia Tech, was one of twelve professors locked in his office at Shanks Hall during the lockdown. Noting that he had been off campus during the 2007 shooting, Falco was at home on Thursday when the campus message system sent out an alert.

He said that because previous alerts had been prompted by backfiring trucks and other false alarms that he decided to come to school for an appointment. “I figured this would be the same thing, and came to campus anyway,” he said. “I’m fine, but along with everyone else, this brings back very bad memories and bad associations. That this is actually happening is unbelievable.”

 

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9:17AM PST on Dec 15, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

10:44PM PST on Dec 9, 2011

I'm afraid it's pretty simple. Under American gun laws, incidents like this are inevitable from time to time. It's the price you pay for the right to bear arms.

So that's the deal, Americans. You get to own a gun and people get to shoot one another.

Of course, you're pretty much alone in this. But that seems to be what you want. And so you have it.

10:36PM PST on Dec 9, 2011

Can we not even discuss rational controls on firearms that would allow legitimate uses but would keep people from carrying around guns like in the mythical Wild West?

6:19PM PST on Dec 9, 2011

tragic

3:35PM PST on Dec 9, 2011

And has VA passed legislation requiring background checks?

2:41PM PST on Dec 9, 2011

Allowing teachers and security to have guns on campus would save lives. I do not advocate for students to be allowed to carry on campus, as they could easily be mistaken as the "shooter", and be shot themselves.

Linda T wrote: Remember many gun carriers where at the Pheonix incident and lives were still lost.

Wasn't there just one concealed carry permit holder nearby, who was a block or so away?

Also, just because there is a responsible citizen who is legally carrying a gun nearby does not guarantee there won't be any injuries or deaths - it only increases the odds the criminal will be "neutralized" so the injuries/deaths will be minimal. Remember, the criminal has the element of suprise on his side, and can get several rounds off before anyone realizes what is happening. In the 5 or 10 minutes it takes for the police to get there, the criminal can do A LOT of damage. An armed and trained teacher or security guard could take down the criminal before the police even have a chance to respond.

As many of these incidences prove - in gun free zones, only the criminal has the gun (and the advantage).

12:20PM PST on Dec 9, 2011

Wow. What idiot said don't ban guns from schools? If we had better gun control chances are this and many more like it would not happen. But until you have a friend, relative, or other loved one die from such incidents you will keep your head in the sand. Remember many gun carriers where at the Pheonix incident and lives were still lost.

11:40AM PST on Dec 9, 2011

Want it to stop? Don't ban firearms on the campus. Let the security on campus have access to firearms so they can SHOOT BACK. Let staff that are legal & are checked out as NON-threats can have firearms handy.

How many would have died originally had even ONE security guard been armed & SHOT the SOB in 07? You can bet your butt that like another school not far from there, literally within a couple months where the SAME THING happened, and they DID have armed security the threat would be nixed FAST. Like it was at the other school. 2 injured, one dead gunman.

But that didn't make international news. When guns prevent psychos from going and committing mass murder, NO ONE hears of that. It's not anti-firearm enough. Doesn't promote hoplophobia (irrational & unthinking fear of firearms).

Want better gun control? Stop allowing those with severe psychosis issues to have them.

10:31AM PST on Dec 9, 2011

Higher Education???
Thank you for the article...

10:26AM PST on Dec 9, 2011

As long as the real motto of the US Empire is, "Might makes right," this probably isn't going to change.

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