Virginia Tech was locked down Thursday after a police officer was fatally shot during a routine traffic stop on the Blacksburg, Va., campus and a second person was found dead in a nearby parking lot after the gunman fled.
Jermaine Holmes, director of academic support services for student athletes, said the shooting was likely resultant of a traffic stop gone wrong, according to The Washington Post.
“It’s right across from our building in the parking lot,” he said. “It didn’t appear to be just a kind of random shooting.
Officials described a suspect as “white male, gray sweat pants, gray hat w/neon green brim, maroon hoodie and backpack” and said he was “on foot towards McComas,” a facility housing health and counseling services. At the time of this article, he was reportedly still at large.
Virginia Tech is home to about 30,000 students, and has one of the most advanced security alert systems of any college in the Nation. The system was installed after the campus shooting in 2007, when student Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people before committing suicide.