Shootings on campus killed a Virginia Tech Police officer and one other person Thursday.
Officials said in a press conference a man shot officer Deriek Crouse in the Coliseum parking lot while the Crouse was making a traffic stop on an unrelated car. The suspect then fled on foot past McComas Hall and toward the cage parking lot near the Duck Pond.
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Officers then sighted a suspicious man in the lot. When they moved closer and attempted to make contact with the man, they found him dead. A weapon was found at that scene.
The university community was notified of the first shooting within 10 minutes of receiving the 911 call. Many students and faculty members were on lockdown on campus for hours Thursday. After investigating many potential sightings of suspects across campus, the university lifted the alert at about 4:30. Officials at the press conference declared campus safe.
A candlelight vigil is planned for Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. on the Drillfield.