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. Moe

    CHL on campus would help deter this sort of acti but as it is now, any thug who wants to knows it's a gun free zone. Hope they get the guy before he can do any damage, if this is a true report.

    August 4, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. Frank Saubier

    Since 2007 it is known worldwide that VT is a "gun free" zone. That tells every nut that they will meet no effective resistance at that campus. Smart?

    Every person with a permit to carry weapons in Virginia ought to be allowed to do so. The uncertainty alone would deter most troublemakers. For any nut who starts something with a gun there might even be someone nearby who can effectively stop him.

    Too logical and obvious for hysterical, emotional, liberal zombies to understand?

    August 4, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • SGT J

      actually, in states where concealed weapons are allowed, gun violence has not gone down, it has stayed the same or in some cases gone up. Your theory, while sounding nice, is not accurate.

      August 4, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • israel

      you know what gets in the way of uncertainty?? ego....some people will think "if i have a gun, no one can stop me" so what is to stop them from attempting something.....NOTHING! if their ego is big enough which, in most cases, it is.....now what happens when EVERYONE has a gun, well guess what now you'll have even more violence because you've just armed maybe 35 people who really shouldn't have a gun in the first place

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

      Yeah a gunman running around a college campus looking to shoot people is just a "troublemaker" who would most certainly deduce, after careful consideration, that his life may be at risk in the event that he tried shooting people.

      Riiiiiiight.

      August 4, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. jimmydidit

    AND HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE KILLED HERE IN THE UNITED STATES BY GUNS EACH YEAR? ON A REALLY REALLY BAD YEAR MAYBE 1000? WELL THERE ARE OVER 40,000 KILLED EACH YEARS JUST IN AUTOMOBILES...WOW..I DONT HEAR ANYONE TALKING ABOUT HOW DANGEROUS AUTOMOBILES ARE???????? WAKE UP PEOPLE..OUTLAWING GUNS WILL NOT NOT NOT SOLVE ANYTHING..IT WILL BRING MORE HARM TO THE RESPOSIBLE PEOPLE IN THE LONG RUN..PULL YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE SAND AND FACE REALITY

    August 4, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Enlightenment Ales

      People talk every day about the danger of automobiles, are you dense?

      August 4, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • RH

      the number of 1000 probably only covers Philadephia in a normal year.. try again

      August 4, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • SGT J

      1st your number is way off. 2nd, the only use for a gun is to kill. Automobiles, while they can be dangerous, have a very different primary function.

      August 4, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • israel

      pull YOUR head out of the sand and face reality 1000 deaths via gun in the whole country is beyond wishful thinking, it's a dream.....1000+ people die in shootings in new york alone in one year or less

      August 4, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Check out Australia's anti gun policies and see what happened there...When you make firearms illegal the only people who give up their weapons are people with a legal use of them...Criminals still have their guns and now no one can defend themselves...It's a unintelligent resolution to a problem. Don't be an idiot.

      August 4, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Howard

      Ban automobiles now!!!

      August 4, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • tibs

      Not even close in 2005, there were 10,158 homicides by firearm in the United States.

      http://www2.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2009/offenses/expanded_information/homicide.html

      August 4, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Jess

      I believe the figures you're looking for are closer to about 100 gun related deaths a day. Good try though.

      August 4, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Yvonne

      caps

      August 4, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      I agree with your point, but putting it in all caps doesn't do much in the way of helping to convince folks of much beyond that you are prone to shouting.

      August 4, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joey

    Thanks for shoving this news in very tiny text under the "Latest News" section instead of putting "Breaking News" where everyone can see it. Really informative.

    August 4, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Client09

      he didn't do anything.............he was just seen with a holstered gun.............not really breaking news

      August 4, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Yvonne

      Exactly. Even the 'Do presidents age faster in office?' article has a picture on the main page.

      August 4, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. Feste Ainoriba

    Obviously, this story is wrong. Virginia Tech is a 'gun-free zone' so the faculty and students there have nothing to worry about. Oh wait...in a gun-free zone, only people who are intent on breaking the law will be armed. Everyone else has been conviently disarmed by well-meaning fools in order to make them easier pickin's for the bad guys.

    I feel much safer begin around armed law abiding citizens than I do in any so-called gun free zone. A free and armed people is the best deterrent of public violence.

    In a sane world, gun control advocates would be financially liable for the deaths of people whose right to self-defense has been hampered by gun restrictions. The courts have generally held that municipalities cannot be held liable for failure to protect inidividuals from criminals; but I assert that when a municipality activitly interferes with an individuals right to bear arms for self-defense, that this municipality assumes the legal burden for defending that individual from criminals.

    August 4, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Will m

      I aggree 100%

      August 4, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • David

      So what you are saying is that you are pro gun and pro bigger government.

      August 4, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  6. Will m

    I sure hope that this is a false alarm and not the real deal. Green zones are really places creeps that don't deserve to hold a gun look for as they know most will not be packing. I carry whenever I can . Gun laws or not,, bad people will still get guns and more laws will decrease the good people only.

    August 4, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. XPIOLT

    They must have another gun grabbing Bill they want to pass, it never fails. When law abiding citizens are not allowed to carry guns then only the criminals and control freak cops will. Look at the Liberals here all crying for gun control. After every shooting rampage the media tries to paint them as some deranged right wing extremists just to find out a few days later that they were actually crazy left wing socialists and were deep into the occult and on psychotropic medications and their father was some person within the government. Do some research, Arizona shooter, Norway shooter, V-Tech shooter, Columbine etc, all the same MO. The cops always stand down to give them plenty of time to do their thing and then they move in. Its like living in a Twilight Zone episode that won't end and it won't end until the sheeple wake up.

    August 4, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. Daniela

    So tired of the sick people in this world -can we just live in peace????

    August 4, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  9. Rhonda Tracey

    alumni from 1988... has the state of Virginia passed or allowed anyone attending or visiting virginia tech to legally carry .. or how we say in texas... concealed handgun permit holders .... i would think they would have already voted that in. Rhonda

    August 4, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  10. ANONYMOUS

    4 out of 5 TAs and the professor of my surveying class were killed in 2007 in the shooting there. Clearly the administration was more interested in protecting themselves than they were protecting the student (and faculty) population. Steger needs to be fired.

    August 4, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jamison

    how is this possible? V-Tech is a gun free zone. Oh yeah wait a sec, criminals dont obey the laws just like they dont obey gun control laws.

    August 4, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  12. Yvonne

    Can we get an update?

    August 4, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Rei

      Try the VT website or local TV stations...they are posting better updates right now

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

      Thank you Rei

      August 4, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  13. Tom

    Why would the stupid Anchor ask the the lady that called in to make the report...if parents can come pick their kids up from the camp..Breaking News B, their's an apparent gunman on the campus you, idiot.

    August 4, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  14. Hokiegirl

    My heart goes out to all of them. I can't imagine how scared they must be.

    August 4, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  15. doggielvr

    I think one of us needs to give NUMBNUTS (previous post) and her LadySmith a ride to campus!

    August 4, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
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