Two confirmed dead in Virginia Tech shooting

Dec 8, 2011 at 2:50 p.m. ET

Authorities are on a manhunt for a shooter who killed two people on the Virginia Tech campus Thursday afternoon.

Virginia Tech shootings

Virginia Tech is on lockdown after a gunman shot and killed two people on the campus, according to the AP.

Police are still searching for the gunman on campus, according to the Virginia Tech student newspaper, the Collegiate Times. A photo taken by a person on the scene, Lerone Graham, shows a white sheet covering what is suspected to be one of the victims.

"Virginia Tech is on lockdown, many conflicting reports about where suspect may be," the paper wrote a few minutes after 2 p.m. EST. "Everyone should stay inside, but flurry of gunshot reports are not true. Two victims remain only victims at this point."

Reports indicate that police, ATF and FBI agents are looking for a "white male, grey sweatpants, grey hat w/neon green brim, maroon hoodie and backpack."

"Shortly after noon today, a Virginia Tech police officer stopped a vehicle on campus during a routine traffic stop in the Coliseum parking lot near McComas Hall. During the traffic stop the officer was shot and killed. There were witnesses to this shooting," Virginia Tech officials said in a 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."

The shooting brings up sad, horrific reminders of the massacre at the school in April 2007 when student Seung-Hui Cho went on a rampage that left 33 dead, including himself.

Now, all Montgomery County, Virginia, schools are on lockdown while they search for this gunman. Let's hope he is caught soon and this horror ends.

We'll keep you up-to-date on any developments in the Virginia Tech shootings as soon as they happen.

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