It’s a Traffic-stop shooting, that just happened to occur at Virginia Tech. At least, such are the early indications:
Virginia Tech spokesman Mark Owczarski said a campus police officer stopped a vehicle shortly after noon today in the school’s Coliseum parking lot, near McComas Hall.
“During the traffic stop, the officer was shot and killed. There were witnesses to this shooting,” Owczarski said in the statement.
“Witnesses reported to police the shooter fled on foot heading toward the Cage, a parking lot near Duck Pond Drive. At that parking lot, a second person was found. That person is also deceased,” he said.
And at present, this person has not yet been caught. New facts may yet come in, but right now this seems to bear minimal resemblance to the 2007 shooting, except as regards the following bitter irony:
Virginia Tech’s top security officials were off-campus today and in Washington D.C. to appeal a $55,000 fine connected to the 2007 shooting. Virginia Tech Police Chief Wendell Flinchum, Director of Emergency Management Michael Mulhare and executive vice president and chief operating officer James Hyatt were in Washington at the time of today’s shooting.
The Education Department claims that the school violated the law in 2007 by waiting over two hours before notifying students via email that students had been shot. The school argues that it acted appropriately and is being held to high standards that did not exist at the time of the massacre.
I’m trying to put myself in the mind of a person who saw the Virginia Tech Massacre and decided that the biggest problem was the lack of immediate, panicked emails that students had been shot. Awesome.
UPDATE: Lockdown lifted. But the guy still hasn’t been caught. Weird.