August 4th, 2011
03:12 PM ET

Virginia Tech lifts alert after report of possible gunman

[Update 3:07 p.m.] Virginia Tech has lifted an alert on campus hours after three youths reported that someone may have had a gun there, according to a post on the school's website.

"There will continue to be a large police presence on campus today," the announcement said. "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."

[Update 11:16 a.m.] Virginia Tech Police Chief Wendell Flinchum warned students and others to continue to stay indoors as police search for a person who may be carrying a weapon on campus.

Several people have been questioned but police have not apprehended anyone, Flinchum said.

[Update 11:09 a.m.] No one is in custody and the campus safety alert remains in effect, Virginia Tech's campus police chief says.

[Update 10:31 a.m.] Virginia Tech is in lockdown as authorities look for a man three youths said may have had a weapon, possibly a handgun.

The white male was described as having light brown hair and being 6 feet tall and was walking in the direction of a volleyball court. The man was wearing a blue and white striped shirt, gray shorts and brown sandals. He had no glasses or facial hair, according to the report.

[Original post, 10:18 a.m.] Virginia Tech, the site of a 2007 massacre, has issued an alert saying someone is possibly carrying a weapon on campus.

Regular classes aren't in session at the moment, but there is summer school. The university in Blacksburg, Virginia, is asking people on campus to stay inside and secure doors. The person was spotted near Dietrick Dining Hall.

In April 2007, Cho Seung-Hui, 23, shot dead 32 people on campus before killing himself.

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  1. geoz

    please no.

    August 4, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. Sandi

    I hope this is a false alarm... they have suffered enough. If it is true, I hope they catch him before he hurts anyone!

    August 4, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. O.

    Two words... GUN CONTROL!

    August 4, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • sm1ttysm1t

      Gun control isn't the answer. If it was there would be alcohol control, car control, and stupid control. You aren't creating a better America by removing rights.

      August 4, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • O.

      @sm1ttysm1t you, sir/madam, are an idiot..

      August 4, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Jackson

      Your an idiot!!

      August 4, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • AnduinX

      Gun control is not about guns, it's about control. The last thing we need right now is to give the tyrants that rule over us MORE control over the people.

      August 4, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • joe

      Two words "stupid people"

      August 4, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • A

      Guns are strictly regulated in Jaurez... how's that working out for them?

      August 4, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • NUMBNUTS

      You just want to be the next shooter and you don't want me to be able take you out with my LadySmith

      August 4, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • AnduinX

      @Jackson: You mean, "you're an idiot". *sigh*

      August 4, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • whyme

      Two words...Birth control

      August 4, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Katelyn D.

      You could pass all the gun control laws in the world, and crazy persons would still get a hold of a gun if they wanted one. The two words should really be one – SELF-CONTROL.

      August 4, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      What makes you think that someone who has the intention of going on campus to harm people cares about gun control? Gun control doesn't mean no one has a gun, it means that only criminals have them.

      August 4, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • jon

      @sm1ttysm1t: That's a good point. You aren't creating a better America by removing their rights to bear one of the deadliest weapons known to civilized man, the gun. It's more sensible to reinforce the prohibition laws of the 20s.

      August 4, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • B

      Um... one word. NO!
      Gun control ONLY keeps dangerous weapons out of the hands of law-abiding citizens. Just because you're OK living in a dangerous world with no desire, will, or ability to protect yourself doesn't mean you get the right to force your impotence on us.

      August 4, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Dingle

      Car control? Come on.

      August 4, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • jimmydidit

      GUN CONTROLL???? YOU ARE SUCH AN IDIOT...GUNS WILL NEVER BE CONTROLLED..NOT ONE "RESPONSIBLE" GUN OWNER HAS EVER DONE SOMETHING LIKE THIS..WHEN GUNS ARE OUTLAWED ONLY OUTLAWS WILL HAVE GUNS...GUNS LIKE DRUGS WILL ALWAYS BE AVAILABLE TO BUY...AND IF YOU THINK BY OUTLAWING THEM WILL HELP..YOU ARE EVEN MORE STUPID THAT YOU SOUND RIGHT NOW...AND A TEAPARTIER ON THERE WAY TO STARBUCKS???? YOU PEOPLE ARE LIVING IN A FOG AND DRINKING WAY TO MUCH OF THE KOOL-AID

      August 4, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Billy Guess

      They already have gun control on college campuses. That's why one guy was able to leisurely execute 32 people with nothing more than a couple of handguns.

      August 4, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • IndyArmyVet

      Gun control? They already have a "no guns" policy. I guess criminals ignore those silly signs. Gun control only works on the law abiding. Stop being mindless sheep thinking the cops will protect you. Carry a gun, because you can't carry a cop...

      August 4, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      You are an absolute moron if you actually think gun control will solve anything

      August 4, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Nate

      If every one carried a gun then people would be less likely to attack other people. I doubt you would try and rob me if you knew I could shoot back.

      August 4, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • steeve-o

      Another place with strict gun control laws... Norway. How long of an uninterrupted rampage did that crazy dude get?

      August 4, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • BetterBob

      Guns are already BANNED on campuses, we see how well that works. Now if someone wants to shoot people, they know they can go there, and no one will be able to defend themselves.

      August 4, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • AC

      Funny, because there's heroin control, toxic chemical control, explosives control, etc. America surely is worse for lacking these freedoms.

      August 4, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • J.D.

      Yes, we need gun control. And don't confuse things. Cars are not made for killing. Alcohol is not made either for killing... If they kill people it is by PURE ACCIDENT. But guns ARE made for killing. That is the only use they have. They are made just for killing, not for drink, drive or have any fun. So it is time to put an end to that stupid so-called tradition. Killing is not a right. We are not in the 1700s any more...

      August 4, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • phil

      Gun control laws are what left those people defenseless in 2007, easy targets for some deranged nut job.

      August 4, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • steeve-o

      Guns do have recreational uses (i.e. hunting, target practice, collecting), but the primary use of guns is DEFENSE. Take away guns, and all you're left with are those who wish to use them for offensive purposes. defending yourself is a right.

      August 4, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • @ J.D.

      Guns are not made for killing, they are made for self defense. I guarantee you that if ONE of those students at VT were carrying a gun when cho was there, he would not have killed half the kids. There needs to be laws making people who carry guns more educated on how to shoot, conceal, etc. But by nooo means should we take away guns altogether.

      August 4, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • JP

      You guarantee? How can you guarantee that? By speculation? You don't know if a student in Norris Hall would have been able to stop him if they had a gun. Fact is, they didn't. Don't pretend you know something when you don't.

      August 4, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Time to make bullets ridiculously expensive.

      August 4, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      @sm1ttysm1t Now go shoot yourself

      August 4, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lisa

    I really hope this is just Security being overzealous in the wake of past tragedy. That school has suffered enough!

    August 4, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. Keith

    probably some guy with a big stick

    August 4, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • she..

      A big stick that he purchased legally while living in a dorm room on a college campus..

      August 4, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  6. RUFFNUTT

    I hope this isn't true...

    August 4, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  7. Justin

    FIRST

    August 4, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  8. Matt

    Please, do not let this be true. They have been through enough.

    August 4, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  9. steeve-o

    Probably just a Tea Partier on his way to Starbucks.

    August 4, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Me

      You mean TeaBagger

      August 4, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Anonymous

    In this era, an era of hardship, anonymous gives a man a purpose, no matter if the purpose is bad, its a purpose that gives this man life, makes him feel wanted. Is Anders highscore up for grabs. Lets see? Legion out.

    August 4, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  11. Steve

    My youngest niece is just starting there this year – please don't let this ever happen again!

    August 4, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  12. Rachel B.

    9:09 am, three juveniles attending a camp there reported seeing a male, 6 ft tall, light brown hair outside of New Residence Hall East holding what MAY have been a handgun.

    August 4, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • steeve-o

      Let's hope it was only a Snickers.

      August 4, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  13. Justin

    Dah. Not first... Oh well. I went to Virginia Tech and I was there when the shootings happened. I knew of people who carried guns for PROTECTION. To bad they werent in one of the rooms where Cho was...

    August 4, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  14. POOP!

    http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2011/08/080411-unirel-dietrick.html

    Sounds like it was a false alarm. Probably somebody hiding a bottle of Jack or a bag of weed!

    August 4, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  15. Brian

    This can't be happening again.

    August 4, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
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