Va. Tech Gunman Identified

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Police have identified a gunman who shot and killed a Virginia Tech police officer on Dec. 7 before turning the gun on himself. The gunman was a 22-year-old student from Radford University.

Ross Truett Ashley had entered a real estate office on the day of the shooting and demanded the keys to an employee’s car at gunpoint, Reuters reports. He then drove the car to the Virginia Tech campus and abandoned it there prior to his confrontation with Officer Deriek W. Crouse.

Acquaintances of Ashley said he had recently shaved his head and liked to run down hallways, the Associated Press reports. He was also described as quiet and a “typical college student in many ways.”

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