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Two killed at Virginia Tech campus

Gunman shot and killed two, including a police officer, at Virginia Tech campus

BLACKSBURG, VA | December 8, 2011

"The campus community should continue to shelter in place and visitors should not come to campus"

—Va Tech website

A gunman shot and killed two people Thursday at Virginia Tech University, site of the deadliest shooting by a lone gunman, the university said.

One of the dead was a Virginia Tech police officer shot during a traffic stop just after noon, the university said on its Web site.

The gunman remained at-large and the campus was placed on lockdown.

"Reports of police activity all over campus, now including outside Squires Student Center," the Collegiate Times posted on Twitter.

The university said the police officer was killed during a "routine traffic stop" of a vehicle in the Coliseum parking lot near McComas Hall.

The second victim was shot in a parking lot near Duck Pond Drive where the gunman fled on foot after shooting the officer, witnesses told police.

Several law enforcement agencies, led by Virginia State Police, responded.

"The status of the shooter is unknown," the university said on its Web site. "The campus community should continue to shelter in place and visitors should not come to campus."

Officers surrounded the Squires Student Center where the newspaper's office was evacuated and students were moved to a secure room, and Torg Hall, an academic building, the Times reported.

More than two dozen agents from the FBI and the Bureau of Alochol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also responded, the newspaper said.

The gunman was described as a white male wearing gray sweat pants, a gray hat with a neon green brim and a maroon hoodie, and was carrying a backpack.

He was last seen walking toward McComas Hall, the main gym on campus, about two blocks from Lane Stadium.

In 2007, 32 people were killed on the campus after Seung Hui Cho of Fairfax went on a shooting rampage in an academic building and a dormitory in the deadliest shooting by a single gunman in U.S. history.

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