TKKT News Alert: Shots fired @ Virginia Tech…


“Virginia Tech issued a warning on its website that shots were fired at its main campus. The school hassuspended transit service and is advising everybody to find shelter. The suspect is desrcibed on the school’s website as a white male, wearing gray sweatpants, a gray hat with neon green brim, a maroon hoodie and backpack. He was on foot.

A police officer was shot, and there might be a second victim as well.”

Read more @ V101.5

Here are some updates founded on directly from VT and GlobalGrind.com:

Update: Shooter’s status remains unknown; visitors advised to stay away from campus via VT
(Posted: 2:20 p.m.)
 Numerous reports have been made recently of sounds identified as gunshots and suspicious activity on campus. These recent reports have been investigated and are unfounded. The suspect’s status remains unknown. Several law enforcement agencies are on scene to assist. Please stay where you are and secure your surroundings.

UPDATE: 2:10 pm EST via GlobalGrind.com

Statement from Virginia Tech-

Shortly after noon today, a Virginia Tech police officer stopped a vehicle on campus during a routine traffic stop in the Coliseum parking lot near McComas Hall.During the traffic stop, the officer was shot and killed. There were witnesses to this shooting.Witnesses reported to police the shooter fled on foot heading toward the Cage, a parking lot near Duck Pond Drive. At that parking lot, a second person was found. That person is also deceased.Several law enforcement agencies have responded to assist. Virginia State Police has been requested to take lead in the investigation.The status of the shooter is unknown. The campus community should continue to shelter in place and visitors should not come to campus.

Police investigating shootings on campus; shooter’s status unknown via VT
(Posted: 1:49 p.m.)
 Shortly after noon today, a Virginia Tech police officer stopped a vehicle on campus during a routine traffic stop in the Coliseum parking lot near McComas Hall

During the traffic stop. the officer was shot and killed. There were witnesses to this shooting.

Witnesses reported to police the shooter fled on foot heading toward the Cage, a parking lot near Duck Pond Drive. At that parking lot, a second person was found. That person is also deceased.

Several law enforcement agencies have responded to assist. Virginia State Police has been requested to take lead in the investigation

The status of the shooter is unknown. The campus community should continue to shelter in place and visitors should not come to campus.

From VT Alerts (1:12 p.m.): Suspect remains at large. A police officer has been shot. A potential second victim is reported at the Cage lot. Stay indoors. Secure in place.

From VT Alerts (12:47 p.m.): Suspect described as white male, gray sweat pants, gray hat w/neon green brim, maroon hoodie and backpack. On foot towards McComas. Call 911

From VT Alerts (12:37 p.m.): Gun shots reported- Coliseum Parking lot. Stay Inside. Secure doors. Emergency personnel responding. Call 911 for help.

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R.I.P. Officer Deriek W. Crouse

Memorial fund established for family of Deriek Crouse

A memorial fund has been established to support the needs of the family of Deriek Crouse, the Virginia Tech Police officer who was fatally shot Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011. Those wishing to contribute can mail checks, payable to “Deriek Crouse Memorial Fund,” to the address below:

National Bank of Blacksburg
Attn: Dana Sutphin
P.O. Box 90002
Blacksburg, VA 24062-9002

Those seeking more information about the fund should call 540-552-2011 and ask to speak with Dana Sutphin, branch manager.

Expressions of support or condolence for the Crouse family can be sent to police@vt.edu.

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