9 Dec 2011

Two killed in Virginia Tech shooting

9:13 pm on 9 December 2011

Two people are dead after a shooting at Virginia Tech University in the United States, the site of a 2007 massacre that killed 32 people.

Officials said the gunfire began when Officer Deriek Crouse, 39, a father-of-five made a routine traffic stop on campus shortly after 12pm local time on Thursday.

A second body found in a carpark nearby was initially thought to be that of a second victim but is now reported to be the gunman.

Police have not yet confirmed that is the case, but say the hunt for the gunman has been called off. The campus was locked down for a time and people told to stay indoors.

Student Juliet Fielding says she had just come out of the gym when she saw a police officer dead in his patrol car.

New Zealander Rebekah Brook, who is studying for her PhD at the university, told Radio New Zealand's Checkpoint programme everyone was on edge after the lockdown was lifted.

Ms Brook says she was about a five-minute walk from where the gunman was and exams have been postponed by a day.

In April 2007, a mentally-ill student killed 32 people and wounded 25 others before committing suicide on the school's rural campus.

The rampage was the deadliest shooting incident by a single gunman in US history.