Police officer among 2 killed in Virginia Tech shootings..
**Update** LOCKDOWN LIFTED AT VIRGINIA TECH
A Virginia Tech police officer was shot and killed Thursday during a traffic stop on campus, and a second person was found shot dead at a nearby parking lot, the university said.
The status of the shooter was not immediately known, and the campus remained on lockdown, spokesman Mark Owczarski said. The shooting comes more than four years after a shooting spree in which a Virginia Tech student, 23-year-old Cho Seung-Hui, shot dead 32 people on the campus before killing himself in April 2007.
The following are updates as they come in:
[Updated 1:56 p.m. ET] A Virginia Tech police officer has been shot and killed after making a traffic stop on the university’s campus, Mark Owczarski, the university’s director of news and information, said Thursday.
The suspect fled on foot toward another parking lot where a second person was also found dead, he said.
The shooter is still at large, he said.
[Updated 1:39 p.m. ET] Sirens were heard around the Virginia Tech campus Thursday, and rescue workers were trying to resuscitate a person who was on the ground, school employee Brian Walls told CNN. The school was on lockdown after shots were reported, and the school’s website said a police officer was shot.
Follow the incident via the Twitter feed of the school’s newspaper, the Collegiate Times. These reports have not been confirmed by CNN.
[Updated 1:16 p.m. ET] A police officer has been shot on or near the campus of Virginia Tech, the university’s website says. A possible second victim is reported down in a parking lot and the suspect is at large, the website says.
Classes for the semester ended Wednesday. Students were preparing Thursday for final exams.
[Posted 1:01 p.m. ET] The campus of Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg is on lockdown after a report of shots being fired on the campus.
The suspected shooter is described as a white male wearing gray sweat pants, a gray hat with a neon green brim and a maroon hoodie and carrying a backpack, according to the university’s website.
Those on campus should seek shelter or stay where they are, the website says.
In April 2007, Cho Seung-Hui, a 23-year-old Virginia Tech student, shot dead 32 people on the campus before killing himself.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of everyone involved on the campus of Virginia Tech, especially the families of the police officer and the deceased civilian in this situation…
The live feed from MSNBC as the situation continues is here…