UPDATE at 1455: Virginia Tech lockdown – Status as of 1300 EDT

Update – 1455: The alert has been lifted. Nothing found.

2:41 p.m. Update

The campus alert is lifted. There will continue to be a large police presence on campus today.  Police have not received nor discovered additional information about a person possibly carrying a weapon beyond that reported this morning.  The university community may resume normal campus activity. Only Blacksburg campus classes have been cancelled today.

While the alert has been lifted, as always, we suggest that people remain vigilant and report suspicious campus activity to Virginia Tech Police at 911 or 231-6411.

Snipe hunt.


Still nothing.

(1 p.m.) UpdateComposite sketch

Campus alert remains in effect.  We recommend that students, employees, and others on campus remain secured indoors.  Classes are cancelled for remainder of the day.  Students are asked not to come to campus.

The university understands that it has been several hours since this began.   Many officers from many police departments continue to search campus buildings. We have a very large campus and this will be a long process. There have been no further sightings or reports.

Police have released a composite of the person who was sighted earlier today and is posted on www.vt.edu.  If you believe that you are this person and that your activity was mistaken, please contact VT Police at 231-6411.

We will continue to update you this afternoon.

Yeah. There are 5 local law enforcement agencies and possibly the FBI involved in this. If it was me, I know that I’d sure be running to talk to the police.[/sarc]


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  1. “Person with a gun reported near Dietrick. Stay inside. Secure doors. Emergency personnel responding. Call 911 for help.”. http://www.bellenews.com/2011/08/04/world/virginia-tech-is-on-lockdown-today-with-reports-of-a-gunman-on-the-campus/

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