Law enforcement searching for gunman on Virginia Tech campus


Police at Virginia Tech are investigating reports of an armed man on campus.

Three young people attending a summer camp at the university said they saw a man carrying what looked like a covered gun at 9:09 a.m. EST, according to a statement on the university’s website.

Virginia Tech police said at 9:45 a.m. CST they were still looking for the alleged gunman.

The man was seen outside the New Residence Hall East and headed toward the volleyball courts at a fast pace. Law enforcement from the Virginia Tech Police Department, the Blacksburg Police Department, the Christiansburg Police Department and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office are patrolling the area.

In a televised news conference, the Virginia Tech police chief said they had questioned people in the area but had nobody in custody.

An update on the Virginia Tech website at 11:51 a.m. EST reported that, while police were still searching the area, they had not found anyone matching the description and there have been no other sightings.

In 2007, Virginia Tech became the site of the worst school shooting in history when an armed student shot and killed 32 people before taking his own life.