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Here after the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history bloodshed and violence -- -- To the campus of Virginia tech university I'm Harris Faulkner in tonight for Shepard Smith here's what we know -- this hour.
Investigators say earlier today a gunman walked up to an officer who was involved in a traffic stop.
And shot and killed that police officer -- the suspect reportedly ran for a few minutes later administrators locking down the school for the better part of the day.
And we followed the story here on fox for hours.
The policeman who was killed at a parking lot near the -- -- coliseum and if you're unfamiliar with the campus that near the famous lane stadium where the Hokies play football.
Belief that reportedly found a second body at the duck pond -- we're told they found a gun next to that body.
But it is still unclear whether that person with the original shooter now a law enforcement sources telling Fox News Channel tonight the gunman was believed to be -- Virginia Tech student.
Who killed himself so far though investigators are very tight lipped on the record.
I don't think there's a motive at this time that's still being investigated.
Like I said it still.
In the early stages on -- -- we don't have a lot of the answers yet.
But police say a number of people did witnessed the shooting about officer including several students one who claims she was only a few feet away.
As business because -- registered -- him -- -- I think we needed shot in the head of state and not can be good.
What other updates are revealing his name to try and get and then like we got Burton gained consciousness that the public really hit me.
Students who were on campus that the time of the massacre in 2007.
-- today's events brought back a lot of painful memories that you might imagine are -- like Elway.
Live at Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg with more tonight and -- The different reports about who might be defeat tonight where -- this case.
Well it is for all intents and purposes close case right now police won't say that -- but.
For all intents and purposes that is the case they have to obviously determine a motive -- determine the time -- and put some pieces together but that nobody doubts what really happened here in fact.
The police has said that that you can read between the lines that in effect means this was a murder suicide.
There's no way that police would have allowed students.
To go free from the lockdown which they imposed early this afternoon if there was any risk to them if there was any fear that there was a gunman.
On the loose this campus is still smarting from the 2007 mass shooting and they don't want to relive that.
And now they will have to relive -- albeit on a smaller scale.
And light of the turmoil in the trauma and tragedy suffered by this campus by guns.
I can only say -- words don't describe our feelings and their most elusive at this point in time.
Our hearts are broken again.
For the family of our police officer.
And we extend our deepest sympathy and condolences.
Headed back to we've already heard errors a word of a candlelight vigil an informal ones are slated for tonight than a more formal ceremony.
Which is being planned for tomorrow night -- -- -- -- -- the university took so much criticism for the way it handled the 2007 massacre that was a part of our reporting back then so today how did they alert students.
-- they've been working on on the alert plan for years now and trying to -- -- that plan and it worked perfectly today but they got the first call of that traffic stop at 1215.
University police got word of a man down the police officers being shot at 1236.
Minutes later at 1236.
That the campus was on -- total lockdown so it worked very effectively and -- and number of people on the campus here who are entitled to put that alert system into effect a very good thing indeed because today at the very time the shooting happened.
The university president and the chief of police happened to be ironically in Washington about -- -- hundred miles up the road testify in court administrative law judge.
About a find they're facing for the -- police response to the 2007 shooting.
Well the irony of that -- let go -- thank you very much.
Now we move to.
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