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Virginia Tech in Lockdown After Report of Gunman

August 4, 2011

Update 12:07 p.m. EST: Virginia Tech has issued another alert on its website noting that police are continuing to search the campus and asking students to remain indoors. No one is in custody yet. CNN spoke with Lynn Davis, a spokeswoman for the university, saying officials are keeping the doors locked on campus.

Update 11:29 a.m. EST: Amanda Huchler, a student on campus on lockdown in Hahn Hall tells USA Today "The professor is still teaching. Everyone is calm and no one seems worried. Tech is doing a great job of keeping everyone safe and secure." Meanwhile, Larry Hincker, assistance vice president of university relations, tells the newspaper that the three students who said they saw the gunman were attending a camp called "Higher Achievement." He said "The alert is in effect until further notice. We are asking people to stay indoors until they hear from us again." Below

 

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Update 11:05 a.m. EST: The alert is still in effect and police are still searching the campus, says a police official at an on-campus press conference. There is still no confirmation of a man holding a long-barreled gun with a short handle, reports MSNBC. The warning came from three youths attending a summer camp at the university, which was reported about two hours ago. The university is still under lockdown.

Students at Virginia Tech are under lockdown following a report that a man was spotted with what may have been a handgun. According to USA Today the police have not yet found anyone. NBC News reports that there's been no verification of the report, according to federal officials. At 9:37 a.m. the school issued an alert saying "three young people attending a camp at Virginia Tech reported seeing a man holding what may have been a handgun," the AP reports. "They said it was covered by a cloth or covering of some sort, and that the man was walking in the direction of the volleyball courts." A spokeswoman for the school tells CNN the "white male was described as having light brown hair and being 6 feet tall and was walking in the direction of a volleyball court. The man was wearing a blue and white striped shirt, gray shorts and brown sandals. He had no glasses or facial hair." The potential threat immediately summoned fears of the 2007 shooting at the Blacksburg, VA school where 32 people were dead and 25 injured.

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