Virginia Tech campus on lockdown after “man with a gun” report

Update: Supposedly the FBI is involved now, too. I would like to remind everyone that, according to the reports and what was released at the 1100 news conference, no laws have been broken, yet 5 law enforcement agencies and the FBI are involved in hunting for a man who may not even exist and may not have a gun, and who does not appear to have broken any laws.

New update from the VT website:

Police continue to investigate campus. There have been no other sightings. We ask people to remain secured indoors.

(11:51 a.m.) Update

VT Police in conjunction with four other police departments continue to search the campus for the person reportedly with a weapon.  There have been no other sightings.  We have no further information to report.

We ask people to remain secured indoors.   Report suspicious activity the VT Police Department at 231-6411 or 911.


From the Virginia Tech website:

Update to VT Alerts
(10:35 a.m.) See VT homepage or email for further information on possible person with weapon.  People on campus stay indoors until further notice.

Update to VT Alerts

At 9:09 a.m. three juveniles attending a camp at the university reported seeing a white male, 6 feet tall, with light brown hair outside of New Residence Hall East holding what may have been a handgun.  They say the weapon was covered by a cloth or covering of some sort.  He was walking fast in the direction of the volleyball courts.   He was wearing a blue and white striped shirt (stripes were vertical), gray shorts and brown sandals.  The subject had no facial hair or glasses.

Officers responded immediately to the area but found no one matching the description.  Police have encountered no other witnesses reporting this individual or anything suspicious.  Law enforcement officers from VTPD, Blacksburg PD, Christiansburg PD, Virginia State Police, and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office are patrolling the campus, continuing to look for the subject.

If anyone sees anything suspicious contact the VT Police Department at 231-6411 or 911

Campus individuals should remain indoors.

The university’s website is not loading consistently right now, probably due to being overloaded.

It sounds like a false alarm, but information is still spotty. The university’s latest update is still advising people to stay indoors.

More information at the Roanoke Times and at WSLS News.

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  1. Kevin H B

     /  August 4, 2011

    Cannot be.
    Is a gun free zone!!
    guns are banned…

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