Virginia Tech Update

Now they’re saying that the suspect “apparently killed himself” (does that mean he was the guy in the parking lot?) and wasn’t a student at the university.

Time Magazine’s current piece spends more time on the slain policeman than on giving us any update on the shooter. Even to the point of writing this:

A woman who answered the door at the Crouse home at the end of a three-unit townhouse building Thursday night said it wasn’t a good time to talk, and they were trying to get the children to bed. A group of people were sitting around a table inside.

Really, Time Magazine? This seemed like a useful and relevant detail to include?

They do, however, provide a short breakdown of events:

Police said Crouse called in the traffic stop at 12:15 p.m. After a few minutes passed without hearing from the officer, dispatch tried to get in touch with him, but didn’t get a response. About 15 minutes later, police received the first call from a witness who said an officer had been shot at the Cassell Coliseum parking lot and the gunman had fled on foot.

Authorities refused to say whether Crouse was able to defend himself or fire back at his assailant.

Local, state and federal officials responded immediately. At 1 p.m., an officer saw a suspicious man in a parking lot. He had a gunshot wound and a gun nearby.

Then they jump into praising the university’s reaction and closing with the inevitable bystander reaction.

The Philadelphia Inquirer also reports that the shooter is dead, and killed by the same gun. They also suggest that second shooting victim in the parking lot was the gunman, without saying it. A lot of it is the same information.


The New Virginia Tech Shooting is Not a Virginia Tech Shooting. UPDATE below

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.