Motive Unknown In Va. Tech Shooting - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Motive Unknown In Va. Tech Shooting

HUFFINGTONPOST.COM - A police officer and one other person were killed on the Virginia Tech campus on Thursday, according to university officials. The incident took place on the same campus where the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history occurred back in 2007.

In a statement posted on its website, the school reported that shortly after noon, a Virginia Tech police officer made a traffic stop. The officer was then shot and killed, according to witnesses.

During a press conference Thursday afternoon, authorities said the gunman was not believed to have been involved in the traffic stop.

The shooter fled on foot toward another parking lot, where a second body was later recovered.

At the press conference, school officials and law enforcement authorities declined to identify the second person found dead as the gunman. However a law enforcement source speaking on the condition of anonymity told The Associated Press that the second body is believed to be the remains of the suspect.

Following the shootings, the campus was put on lockdown and students were urged to remain indoors. At 4:31 p.m., the lockdown was lifted.

The suspect is described a white male, wearing "gray sweat pants, gray hat w/neon green brim, maroon hoodie and backpack," according to a 12:47 p.m. tweet from the university's VT Alerts notification system.

Law enforcement from several agencies responded with Virginia state police taking the lead in the investigation. Click here to read more

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