By Beth Hanson
A Thursday afternoon shooting resulted in the death of two at Virginia Tech, less than five years after Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people and himself.
At around noon on Thursday, a campus police officer made a routine traffic stop in a school parking lot. He was shot at close-range by the gunman.
The university’s alert system, much the style of Beloit’s with text and call alerts, announced a lockdown. Hundreds of police officers responded to the call.
A second man was found dead from a gunshot wound in a parking lot a quarter mile away from where the police officer was shot. Speculation suggests that the second man may have been the shooter.
Virginia Tech lifted the campus lockdown late Thursday afternoon, after nearly four hours. Authorities found a gun near the second victim, but would not say whether or not the wound was self-inflicted.
Investigators are looking into the possibility that the shooting is connected with an armed robbery earlier in the day in nearby Radford, Va. The identities of the campus police officer and suspected gunman have not yet been released.
Sources: The New York Times, Reuters