Dorm shootings at Virginia Tech kill at least 20
Dispatches over the New River Valley police scanner indicate there have been multiple shootings this morning on the campus of Virginia Tech.
The Associated Press reports that a shooting at the school's West Ambler Johntson dormitory has killed one and wounded another. Several others were injured in the "mayhem" that ensued when students tried to exit the building. Virginia Tech officials say the gunman is still on the loose, classes have been canceled, nobody can exit or enter the campus, and people on campus are instructed to stay away from windows.
This is the second time this academic year that Virginia Tech has had a manhunt for a gunman take place on its campus. Blacksburg resident William Morva shot and killed a police officer and a hospital orderly while trying to escape from police custody in August.
11:51am update: All students, faculty and staff are now being released from campus with everybody on the Burruss Hall side of the Drillfield leaving now and all those on the War Memorial Hall side leaving at 12:30pm.
12:30pm update: The Roanoke Times reports that Virginia Tech police chief Wendell Flinchum says there are at least 20 fatalities from this morning's incidents.
2:38pm update: CNN reports the death toll has risen to 31– including the person police believe to be the lone gunman in today's incidents– and that there are 29 more wounded.