Virginia Tech Massacre

December 8, 2011 by staff 

Virginia Tech Massacre, A gunman killed a police officer and another person on Thursday at Virginia Tech University, the site of one of the worst shooting rampages in U.S. history, school officials said.

The shooter fled on foot, and police – some in full combat gear – swarmed the campus in southern Virginia in a massive manhunt. Students and faculty were ordered to hunker down inside university buildings and dormitories.

The campus police officer was shot dead during a routine traffic stop in what news reports said was an exchange of gunfire. A second victim was found in a nearby parking lot, Virginia Tech said in a statement. Details were sketchy.

It was the first shooting at Virginia Tech since April 2007 when a mentally deranged student killed 32 people and wounded 25 others before committing suicide on the school’s rural campus in the Shenandoah Valley roughly 250 miles (400 km) from Washington, D.C.

The massacre was the deadliest attack by a single gunman in U.S. history.

“Everyone has been directed to stay indoors, lock all exterior doors and stay away from the windows,” school spokesman Dana Cruikshank said as students’ parents frantically tried to locate their children by mobile phone and social networking sites.

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