This guy right here, who ever he is, had all of Virginia Tech’s students and faculty shook for more than five hours this morning.
But luckily, the reported presence of a gunman didn’t end in violence on the school’s campus this time.
Virginia Tech police have lifted a campus lockdown today more than five hours after students reported seeing a man with a gun on the school’s grounds.
Three teens attending a “Higher Achievement” camp at the school reported seeing a man holding what may have been a handgun around 9:09 a.m. No other witnesses or the police have been able to track the man down.
Officials at the campus, the site of the worst campus shooting in U.S. history in 2007, said that they felt issuing the alert was necessary.
“Without further evidence to indicate otherwise, we had a report form students…that they thought they might have seen someone with a gun.. In this day and age, we don’t think we had any other choice than to issue a campus alert,” said Virginia Tech spokesman Larry Hincker.
Classes on the Blacksburg, Va., campus were cancelled for the rest of the day.
“There will continue to be a large police presence on campus today. Police have not received nor discovered additional information about a person possibly carrying a weapon beyond that reported this morning,” the university posted on its web site.
Police released a sketch of the possible gunman who is described as 6-feet tall and has light brown hair. He was wearing a blue and white striped shirt, gray shorts and brown sandals, police said. He does not have facial hair or glasses. Police said that the campers said the man was shielding the gun with a cloth.
Virginia Tech Police Chief Wendell Flinchum said that the man was not pointing or shooting the weapon.
Virginia Tech officials alerted students through text messages, emails and postings on the campus web site.
“This campus experienced something terrible four years ago,” Hincker said at a press conference earlier today. “Strictly as an abundance of caution we are going to keep the campus under alert status and ask people to stay indoors.”
The lockdown was lifted at 2:42 p.m.
We’re glad this was the outcome.