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. VTAlumni05

    ...and if you pull the fire alarm enough times, eventually everyone will ignore it.

    August 4, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mr Brightside

    Go browse the memorial there of the 32 people killed and see if you still feel that way

    August 4, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gunn Gey

    Da gunn gey wad tomwher in bac da twee.. Eeeerd to git writ so canns e sudents scarey

    August 4, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Elizabeth

    I lost a friend in the last shooting you stupid piece of garbage. I WISH she would have been more alarmed, or had more warning.

    August 4, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    One can now carry guns into class rooms, malls & parks. Our love for guns & violence blooms.
    Thank God nothing nightmarish happened. but this uy is still out there somewhere.

    August 4, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Elizabeth

    Remembering back to that age, our imaginations would run away with us at times. Hopefully that's the case here

    August 4, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. HD_HOKIE

    I was here on 4/16 and lost friends in the shooting. I am here now and thankful I am in safe lock down. Can we just be thankful no one is hurt so far today and leave political posturing and bickering out of this?

    August 4, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • 75VTAlum

      Amen! Some of the people who leave comments on this are idiots. Thank goodness there are some people liike you, HD_HOKIE, who appreciate the efforts that administration and law enforcement put forward to keep people safe in these disturbing times!

      August 4, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. VTAlumni05

    I lost friends there too. But alarming every time someone sees "something under a cloth" is like when the Ambler Johnston fire alarms get pulled 3x a night. Eventually, you stop bothering to go outside.

    August 4, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Erik

    Yawn.... got the reaction you needed capcity?

    August 4, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. aj

    Guys want to hear some crazy ish? Im from the DC Northern VA metro area, The shooter from the last massacre lived in the same neighborhood in Annandale Va as another crazy white kid who some time ago went to a police station and killed some cops! What a weird coincidence!

    August 4, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • EC

      Umm actually Seung Hui Cho is from the Chantilly/Centreville Area. He graduated from Westfields in Chantilly.

      August 4, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. j.b

    sad if something like that would happen again.... guess its every where now

    August 4, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Michael

    Okay the 2nd Amendment does not give you the right to carry a weapon anywhere and everywhere. Sorry, like all the other Amendments there are exceptions. Not every single adult in this country should have access to a gun. Because of less-restrictive gun laws, crazy idiots who are mentally unstable can buy a hand gun.

    August 4, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr Brightside

      Cmon Michael, it's easier for the gun folks to blindly refer to the 2nd amendment as their right to bear arms. Nevermind they need to form a militia to do so. Details.

      August 4, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr.Bright tard

      You liberial wingnut (and Im a democrat myself), Do you have ANY clue as to why that amendment is there? Any clue, please tell me.

      August 4, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bill

    My aunt and uncle teach there. The reaction is a bit different when someone you know is involved. They survived the last shootings (My aunt was in the building and my cousin was in the class). So, to all the naysayers, how would you react when a gunman is in a school with your loved one?

    August 4, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • beach_girl

      I agree. People are being so nasty on here. If they had someone they know at VT like you and I do, they would not be posting such ignorant statements.

      August 4, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      I don't know anyone there now and I didn't know anyone there in 2007. But I was in school at WVU when the '07 shooting happened at Virginia Tech and I remember feeling that that could just as easily have happened there, or anywhere else. As unpredictable as it was, Virgina Tech's administration took a lot of criticism for not being able to stop it. So of course they are going to do everything they can to prevent it from happening again. It's easy to feel comfortable and safe when you've never seen firsthand how bad things can get. Why is this national news? Because this is a big school, likely with people in attendance from all fifty states, not to mention internationally – so a lot of people know people who are there. To me this sounds a lot more like national news than Lindsay Lohan's moronic escapades or who Jennifer Aniston is dating now and whether or not she's really over Brad Pitt.

      August 4, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. honorede

    I hope they find whoever it is. I do not want to see a repeat of that awful day. I am sending my well wishes.

    August 4, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Common Sense

    WOW, people are stupid. A person on campus with a gun. It does not need to be National News. The guy could be legally carrying a firearm. Had there been a person carrying a gun in 07, then maybe the shooter would have gotten shot before he shot anyone.

    Mike regarding you NRA comment. You're an idiot. The NRA did not make it easier for people to obtain guns and "dropping barriers." The reverse is actually more correct. They pushed for tougher requirements to allow someone to carry a firearm and common sense approaches to purchasing firearms. As a NRA Instructor, it's tougher to obtain and carry a firearm than it use to be.

    Everyone get a life, it's not news and I'm sure it's nothing to worry about.

    August 4, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • B

      You're an idiot. Even though it probably was a false alarm, if your friends and family were there you would be worried. It does need to be national news....not everyone that goes to Vtech is from Virginia .. I thought that would be COMMON SENSE. Take your own advice and "get a life"....idiot.

      August 4, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Common Sense

      If my family went there, they would be educated to be aware of their surroundings and know how to respond when a "crisis" happens. My family can stand on their own two feet and use their head to think for themselves. Sorry you lack such capacity Mr. B

      August 4, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
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