[Updated at 6:11 p.m. ET] Virginia State Police have identified Ross Truett Ashley, 22, as a man they say fatally shot a Virginia Tech police officer on Thursday before killing himself about 30 minutes later.
[Updated at 10:47 a.m. ET] The person that investigators believe fatally shot a Virginia Tech police officer on campus Thursday is not believed to have had any previous contact with the officer, Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller told reporters Friday.
Virginia Tech Police Officer Deriek W. Crouse and another man were fatally shot with the same gun on campus Thursday, police said. Police say they believe the second man matched the description of the gunman that shot the officer.
Investigators are "very confident" they know the identity of the person they believe shot the officer, Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller told reporters Friday. Authorities intend to reveal the person's identity after an official determination is made and the shooter's family is notified, Geller said.
The motive for Thursday's killing is still unknown, she said.
[Initial post, 9:15 a.m. ET] The suspected Virginia Tech shooter was not a student at the university, school spokesman Larry Hincker said Friday.
Hincker declined to provide any further detail on the identity of the alleged shooter, though Virginia State Police have scheduled a news conference for 10 a.m.
Ballistics evidence testing has officially linked Thursday's two fatal shootings on the Virginia Tech campus, state police said earlier Friday.
Both Virginia Tech Police Officer Deriek W. Crouse and another man were shot with the same gun.FULL STORY