Memories of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history which occurred on the campus of Virginia Tech in April 2007 flashed through everyone’s minds today when reports came through that an armed man was running loose on the school’s grounds.
A Virginia Tech police officer was shot and killed at a traffic stop before the suspect fled on foot through a parking lot nearby. A second body was later found there. Initially police believed the suspect was still roaming campus, but they now believe the second body belongs to the shooter.
University President Charles W. Steger called the incident “a wanton act of violence”
In light of news that the shooter was suspected to no longer be a threat, university officials lifted the campus wide alert early this afternoon. Montgomery County schools also lifted a lockdown and allowed students to head home.
Ironically, today’s incident coincided with an appeal by Virginia Tech managers of a $55,000 fine levied by the U.S. Department of Education after the 2007 shooting.
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.