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Police officer shot near Virginia Tech campus

Thursday, December 8, 2011 | 12:31 p.m. CST; updated 2:21 p.m. CST, Thursday, December 8, 2011

RICHMOND, Va.— Virginia Tech says a police officer has been shot and a possible second victim has been reported at a parking lot near the campus, where a student gunman killed 32 students and faculty and then shot himself on the campus in 2007, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Authorities are seeking a suspect. A campus-wide alert tells students and faculty to stay inside and lock doors. Updates are being posted on the school's website.

A law enforcement official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case, said initial reports indicated that the shooting occurred following a traffic stop.

The shooting comes the same day as Virginia Tech is appealing a $55,000 fine by the Education Department in connection with the university's response to a 2007 rampage that left 33 people dead.

The suspect is described as a white male wearing gray sweat pants, gray hat with neon green brim, maroon hoodie and backpack.

A message left with the university wasn't immediately returned. Campus police referred all questions to the university.


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