Search for Alleged Gunman at Va. Tech Called Off

BLACKSBURG, Va. — No evidence of a gunman was found on Virginia Tech’s campus, despite hours of searching by five police agencies responding to a report that a man was carrying a gun near a campus dining hall at 9 a.m. on Thursday.

Just after 9:30 a.m., the university sent out alerts over outdoor loudspeakers, text message, E-mail, desktop alert, phone messages, its Web site, Twitter, Facebook and electronic classroom signs, The Roanoke Times reports. Those on campus were told to remain indoors until the alert was lifted at 2:40 p.m.

Under state law, a law-abiding citizen may carry a firearm on campus grounds. Virginia Tech’s weapons policy bans unauthorized possession of a firearm in campus buildings, residence halls or events such as football games.

Read the full story.

Related Articles:

Leading in Turbulent Times: Effective Campus Public Safety Leadership for the 21st Century

This new webcast will discuss how campus public safety leaders can effectively incorporate Clery Act, Title IX, customer service, “helicopter” parents, emergency notification, town-gown relationships, brand management, Greek Life, student recruitment, faculty, and more into their roles and develop the necessary skills to successfully lead their departments. Register today to attend this free webcast!

Get Our Newsletters
Campus Safety Online Summit Promo Campus Safety HQ