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-- deadliest mass shooting and modern US history bloodshed and violence returned.
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 Dennis 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 Cassell coliseum and if -- unfamiliar with the campus that's near the famous lane stadium where the Hokies play football.
Police then reportedly found a second body at the duck pond lot we're told they found a gun next to that body.
But it is still unclear whether that person was 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.
I guess that it's still.
In the early stages on -- so we don't have a lot of the answers yet.
But police say -- number of people did witness the shooting of that officer including several students want to.
Who claims she was only a few feet away.
A synthesize it registered -- and his.
Eight -- I basically needed shot in the head -- days.
Not can be good shot and then.
-- other -- start -- his name to try and get and like we got very.
Gain consciousness doesn't like really heavy.
Students who were on campus at the time of the massacre in 2007.
Say today's events brought back a lot of painful memories as you might imagine -- Doug -- -- Live at Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg with more tonight and -- The different reports about who might be deceased tonight where is this case.
Well it is for all intents and purposes closed case right now police won't say that that but for all intents and -- as bad as the case.
They have to obviously determine a motive after determine the timeline and put some pieces together but that.
Nobody doubts what really happened here in fact the police have said 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 impose.
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.
In light of the turmoil on that trauma and the 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.
Added factor we've already heard -- -- word of a candlelight vigil an informal ones -- slated for tonight than a more formal ceremony.
Which is being planned for tomorrow night Paris.
-- -- -- -- 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.
Velvet they've been working on remote -- plan for years now and trying to -- on that plan and it worked perfectly today.
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.
The campus was on the 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 happen to be ironically in Washington about 200 miles up the road testify -- -- administrative law judge.
About a find they're facing for the -- police response to the 2007 shooting Harris.
Well the irony of that -- -- -- -- thank you very much.
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