Ballistics links Virginia Tech shootings

Ballistics testing show link between two fatal shootings at VA Tech campus

BLACKSBURG, VA | December 9, 2011



"Once again, the campus and the community that we love so well have been visited by senseless violence and tragic loss"

—Charles E. Steger


Ballistics testing shows a link between two fatal shootings that occurred Thursday afternoon on the Virgina Tech campus, Virginia State Police said Friday.

Testing conducted by the Virginia Department of Forensic Science confirms that both victims were shot by the same weapon.

Virginia Tech Police Officer Deriek Crouse, 39, of Christiansburg, Va., was killed during a routine traffic stop shortly after noon Thursday in the Cassell Coliseum parking lot. The gunmen fled on foot.

About 30 minutes later, a Montgomery County sheriff's deputy searching for the gunman observed a man in a parking lot less than a half mile from the shooting. When the deputy reached the suspect, he found him lying dead on the ground, a handgun at his side, state police said in a release.

State police said they're waiting confirmation on the second man's identity.

Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger, referring to a 2007 campus rampage that left 32 people dead, said in a statement released Thursday night: "Once again, the campus and the community that we love so well have been visited by senseless violence and tragic loss. My heart goes out also to all of you, members of a strong and tightly-knit community that has had the sad misfortune to have weathered these storms before."

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