The search is on to find the person who killed two people at Virginia Tech on Thursday. State police, FBI agents, and officers with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are searching the entire campus for the person on the loose.
Officials have not released the names of the victims shot, but it’s been reported that one was a police officer and the other was a student.
It all started by a traffic stop Thursday on the VA Tech campus when the suspect shot and killed a Virginia Tech police officer. The Virginia Tech killer then fled on foot through the parking lot. Later, another person was found dead in another parking lot.
The university released an alert after the shooting at Virginia Tech and described the shooter as a white male, wearing gray sweat pants, a gray hat with neon green brim and a maroon hoodie and carrying a backpack. During a one hour period, the campus sent out four alerts.
Jared Brumfield, a 19-year-old freshman from Culpeper, Virginia., who was locked in the Squires Student Center since around 1:30 p.m. said, “A lot of people, especially toward the beginning were scared. A lot of people are loosening up now. I guess we’re just waiting it out, waiting for it to be over.”
Virginia Tech was preparing for final exams which were supposed to begin on Friday, but the school reports that they have been postponed.
Emergency alerts were expanded following the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech when 32 student were shot and killed. Student now get sent by text messaging among other methods to the students and faculty. Other colleges have put the same alert system in place called the Clery Act. The Clery Act requires universities to send out warnings in a timely manner and report the number of crimes on campus. The 1990 Clery Act was named after Lehigh University student Jeanne Clery, who was raped and murdered in her dorm room by another student in 1986.
Virginia Tech is battling with the 2007 shooting, “Virginia Tech is appealing a $55,000 fine levied after the 2007 shootings because it says it acted appropriately based on protocols on campuses at that time. The Education Department says the university violated the law by waiting more than two hours after two students were shot in a dorm on campus before sending an email warning. By then, student gunman Seung-Hui Cho was chaining the doors to a classroom building where he killed 30 more people and then himself,” CBS News reported.