Two people killed in Virginia Tech shooting

Two, including one police officer, dead in shooting at Virginia Tech, site of a 2007 massacre that killed 32 people.

December 8, 2011 21:13
2 minute read.
Uzi model submachine gun

Uzi model submachine gun 311 R. (photo credit: Reuters)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


WASHINGTON - 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 US 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.


Police arrest 70 in major raid on organized crime

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.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

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 US 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.

"Right now it's kind of scary and hectic around here that this is happening again," Matthew Spencer, a Virginia Tech freshman, told a local NBC station.

US House of Representatives Republican Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia was among the first members of Congress to respond to the new shootings.


"Such violence is never easy to explain, and cuts to our core - especially on a campus that has experienced such grief in the past," Cantor said.

The school, formally known as Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, was criticized for its slow response to the 2007 incident and has since put a campus-wide alert system in place.

The campus was locked down as the search for the gunman proceeded. Final exams set to begin on Friday for the fall semester were postponed.

Elizabeth Sullivan, a sophomore, said about 200 students were sent to the second floor of the Squires Student Center from the ground floor about an hour after the shooting.

Shortly after that, a SWAT team arrived to pat down each student and check every bag in the building."

"I was pretty nervous at first. I didn't really know what was going on," Sullivan told a local NBC television station.

She said most students had been keeping in touch with their families through Facebook and Twitter.

The 2007 Virginia Tech massacre renewed a chorus of calls for tougher gun control laws, particularly in the US Congress.

But these calls did not get far since Republican lawmakers have traditionally opposed gun control and Democrats, having been burned on the issue politically, did not push it.

Since taking office in January 2009, President Barack Obama has shied away from stiffer gun laws despite demands for it by members of his largley liberal base.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

HUMAN RIGHTS activists hold pictures of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a protest outside th
November 15, 2018
U.S. announces sanctions for 17 Saudis over Khashoggi killing