The alert was lifted after a manhunt of nearly four hours and a total closure of the site, traumatized by a previous shooting that had been 32 deaths in 2007, the university announced that there was more “concrete threat”.
Several television channels, the second person found dead is none other than the gunman himself.
The latter, who had fled on foot after killing a police officer on campus who came to arrest him during a routine traffic stop, was wanted by many police officers, some in battle dress, who were deployed on campus.
According to Sergeant Bob Carpentieri of the state police in Virginia, investigators examine the trail of a possible involvement of the shooter in an armed robbery earlier in the day in the nearby town of Radford.
“The police have established that there was more concrete threat or need to stay safe. Resume your normal activities,” reads the wire tweeter University (@ vtnews ).
Students and university staff were ordered to remain cloistered in buildings and campus housing.
Shortly after the death of the officer, a second victim was found in a nearby parking lot.
“Everyone has been instructed to stay inside, lock the exterior doors and stay away from windows,” said Reuters spokesman for the Virginia Tech, Dana Cruikshank.
The head of the Republican group in the House of Representatives, the elected Eric Cantor of Virginia, was one of the first politicians to react to events.
“Such violence is never easy to explain, and hurts us deep, especially on a campus that has experienced such sadness in the past,” he said.
Virginia Tech in 2007 was the scene of a shooting that was 32 dead and 25 wounded, the heaviest record for a shooting committed by a single gunman in the United States. The author of the shooting, a student, later withdrew his life.
Virginia Tech officials had in turn been criticized for their slow reaction and had since established a warning system across the campus.
The reviews concluded the fall semester provided were postponed on Friday.