August 5, 2011

Virginia Tech: Gunman Lockdown Updates Photos & Videos

Update:

Virginia Tech officials have lifted a campus-wide alert that was issued after three children attending a summer camp reported a man holding what looked like a gun near a dining hall.

Earlier: Virginia Tech, the site of a 2007 massacre in which 33 people were killed, locked down its campus in Blacksburg, Virginia, as police searched for a gunman.

Virginia Tech: Gunman Lockdown update photos videos

  • People were advised to stay indoors until further notice
  • A few thousand students may be on campus 
  • The school canceled classes for the rest of the day.
  • Authorities are looking for a white male about 6 feet tall with light brown hair 
  • In 2007, student Seung Hui Cho went on a two-hour rampage, killing 32 people before taking his own life.
  • The lockdown alert was issued after three juveniles reported seeing a man holding what appeared to be a gun at 9:09 a.m. local time. 
  • A person with a gun was later reported near the Dietrick Hall dining center, according to a subsequent alert issued at 9:37 a.m. 
  • There have been no further sightings. 
  • A composite sketch of the alleged gunman was also published.
  • U.S. President Barack Obama has been briefed on the incident, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters at the daily press briefing.
  • The students who reported seeing the gunman were attending a camp run by the Higher Achievement Program.

Virginia Tech: Gunman Lockdown Update latest photos

University officials wait to be allowed to enter Dietrick Hall during the lockdown at Virginia Tech. (Rebecca Barnett, Associated Press / August 5, 2011)

University officials wait to be allowed to enter Dietrick Hall during the lockdown at Virginia Tech.

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