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. Ridiculous

    NoFear you don't know what you are talking about, I'm here, your not

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

      Stay safe, my friend. <3

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

      I thought college kids knew how to use the word "you're".

      August 4, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. Phideauxe

    Yeah – why in the world would anyone on that campus fear guns, just because some guy killed 32 people a few years ago? Just because someone might be walking around with a gun is no reason to be afraid. That gun won't kill anyone, right? Only people kill people. Guns are harmless.


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

      You are right guns don't kill people, people kill people. If you sit a loaded gun on the floor it has to have a person pull the trigger it can not pull it alone.

      August 4, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. SM

    Hmm, who's second amendment rights will be demonized now?

    August 4, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • 1776

      Well stated. Let's hope this isn't another PSY-OP to demonize those who choose to exercise our 2nd Amendment rights.

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

      F rights to bear arms! My 10 yr old son is there!

      August 4, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • SM

      F your 2nd amendment rights? Spoken like a true sheeple

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

      My son is a summer counselor there. Young children under 10 are there. Whether people were killed there before or not, there shouldn't be anyone walking around on campus with a GUN unless they are police officers or guards

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

      I'll remember that next time I deploy! @SM

      August 4, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • SM

      I respect you for serving, CJ, but I am strongly against the 2nd amendment being attacked-as you should be.

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

    I hope and pray this is a false alarm and if not they catch the person before anyone gets hurt or killed. Gun control will not keep guns out of the wrong hands just as there is no drug problem with people that do not use drugs.

    August 4, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  5. AnduinX

    @jon: The second amendment was intended for more than just self-defense and hunting, it was intended to empower the people to resist their own government should it become tyrannical. Ignoring the fact that it's basically impossible to keep guns out of the hands of criminals – hypothetically, if it were possible to restrict guns, would giving the government ALL of the guns really be a good thing? If you think so, you need to read a history book.

    August 4, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • jimmydidit


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

      I agree. The government also shouldn't have all of the tanks, fighter jets, submarines, missiles, bombs, or robot super-soldiers. These are all "arms" and civilians should be allowed to own them.

      August 4, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • AnduinX

      Clever, AC. No, not really. Nobody wants to own a nuke.

      Frankly, I don't care what your opinion is on this matter. I'm not giving up my gun, ever. Regardless of what any authoritarian demands of me.

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

      Couldn't agree more. It's also a horrible thing that the government has all of the mechanized infantry, fighter jets, missiles, submarines, tanks, bombs and stealth bombers. Does anybody really think it's a good idea that the government has all of these? It's an infringement on our 2nd Amendment rights, as these are all arms. Every civilian should have the right to own a few missiles, just in case.

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

      Absolutely right. The timing between this and the event in Norway..... Hmm.... Leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. Just remember people, an America with no 2nd amendment rights is not America, and you may as well tell the government to feed you like a sparrow feeds its young. Sacrificing liberty for security? No thanks

      August 4, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • AnduinX

      You're right, we should all just give up our guns and let our government protect us. That way when another Virginia Tech shooting happens, all we need to do is huddle in fear and wait a couple of hours for the police to eventually stop the gunman.

      I sure do love being progressive, and I'm glad that governments have not killed more people than all wars combined.

      I'm happy with the way that our elected officials listen to the people too and aren't steadily eating away at our freedoms.

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

      @SM: Agreed. Between that and the ATF scandal I don't see how people can't read the writing on the wall here. There is an effort being made, yet again, to rally the people around the idea of disarmament. They're trying to sell the idea that 'we' can't be trusted with guns.

      August 4, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • AC

      I don't understand why the government is allowed to have bombs which could level the face the this country scores of times over, but we don't possess the freedom to build bombs in our basement. It's patently un-American. We have the rights to weapons designed for killing too, government, and we can be trusted to use them.

      August 4, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  6. Daniel9605

    Put me in the room with that guy for 5 minutes. That's all, 5 minutes. It won't ever happen again. I promise you. 🙂

    August 4, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • mnjoe

      Because that guy would be in jail for killing you.

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

    I love how everyone sees the gun aspect and runs with it. I'm pretty sure it's not the idea that it's a gun.. it's the idea that someone is walking around in what is supposed to be a gunfree zone with it. I'm sure they'd issue the same warnings if a man had been spotted with a sword.

    August 4, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Waters

      No, I really don't think so. If he had a sword people would wonder what project he was doing or whatever.

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

    Probably Al Gore

    August 4, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  9. Sona

    I pray this is not the case.

    August 4, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Duder

      Too bad prayer does nothing.

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

    When I get anxious, I fart smelly farts...

    August 4, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • FudgyFARTER

      ME TOO!!! It's horrible.

      August 4, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  11. Joe Citizen

    It might be a new A.T.F. operation.

    August 4, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  12. hoax

    This is a hoax by "Anonymous." Don't buy into it.

    August 4, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  13. John

    You people are arguing about rights to bare arms, when this article could be very serious and students could be hurt.
    I pray that everybody gets out okay and they find the person with the gun.

    August 4, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  14. Scott

    A lot of non nefarious possibilities. Off duty police officer 'printing?' Or just a CCW holder cutting across campus and could care less about some stupid ban on campus.

    August 4, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Tomm

      Herp, and also derp.

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

      Yeah, quite possible, but then again, the report comes from 3 kids, not students, not staff, but kids. If anyone thinks a CCW is not responsible, and it is harmful to carry on school grounds, think of this, do you ever hear of Criminals holding up a Police Station? Gun tolerance is a big deterrence to crime, Criminals love areas that have weapons bans! Because it eliminates honest people from defending themselves... and go right in for the taking. Think 3D about things before you accpet others opinions on how to think of something. Good Post Scott.

      August 4, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  15. stealthycat

    VTech is the perfect place to go on a shooting spree – no guns are allowed so no one can fight back and the police will always be 30-45 minutes away from helping people. Criminals know this .......

    August 4, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
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