The Associated Press reports that Virginia Tech reports a gunman on campus, tells students, staff to stay inside and secure the doors.
Here’s a link to the latest from Fox News.
The university issued an alert on its website at 9:37 a.m. Thursday telling students and employees to stay inside and lock their doors. University spokesman Larry Hincker said during a news conference later in the morning that the campus alert remained in effect and that people should stay indoors until further notice.
The children said they saw the man walking fast toward the volleyball courts, carrying what might have been a handgun covered by some type of cloth. Police swarmed the area but said they could not find a gunman matching their description. The university said on its website that no one else has reported a person with a gun or anything suspicious.
Va. Tech Police Chief Wendell Flinchum said that the three children were interviewed, and that the information they gave was deemed credible.
This is (thankfully) beginning to sound as if it’s an (understandable) overreaction. Given the history there, this is not only a natural reaction, but also prudent.
UPDATE: [10:15CDT] CNN reports that no gunmen have been found, no shots fired, but the campus is still on lockdown.
UPDATE: [9:45CDT] CNN reports:
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.
The fall semester has not started, but summer school is in session.
The suspected gunman was spotted near Dietrick Dining Hall.
In April 2007, Cho Seung-Hui, 23, shot dead 32 people on campus before killing himself.
More details as soon as we get them.