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.

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