Virginia Tech officials said a police officer and another person were shot and killed on the school's campus today, prompting a university lockdown that has now ended.
A campus-wide alert told students and faculty to stay inside and lock doors and for visitors to stay away. Shortly before 4:30 p.m., Virginia Tech reported that a weapon had been found at the scene where the second person was found dead. In another posting, the university said that there was no longer an active threat and people could resume their regular activities.
A law enforcement official says the gunman who fled after killing a police officer on campus is believed to be dead. The law enforcement official had knowledge of the case and spoke on condition of anonymity. It was not immediately clear if that second body was that of the gunman, according to the Associated Press.
Shortly after noon, a Virginia Tech patrol officer made a routine traffic stop in the Coliseum parking lot near McComas Hall and after reporting that the person in the vehicle appeared OK, there were no other updates to dispatchers. About 12:30 p.m., emergency dispatchers received a report of that officer being approached by a man who fired a weapon at him, according to university police.