12.09.11

Dead Man ID'd as Shooter: Breaking Updates

Two people, including a police officer, have been shot dead at Virginia Tech, the site of 2007’s horrible massacre. See live updates as more details come in.

Police: Dead Man Was the Shooter
December 9, 2011 11:12 AM

Virgina police said Friday that the man found dead in a parking lot in Virginia Tech Thursday was the gunman who killed police officer Derek W. Crouse. Police spokesperson Corinne Geller told a news conference that authorities have identified the shooter, but declined to provide any further information.

Same Gun Used in Both Shootings
December 9, 2011 10:20 AM

While police have not confirmed that the second body they recovered was, in fact, the killer’s, they did confirm Friday morning that the same gun was used on both victim and the second body found. Police believe the shooter turned the gun on himself after shooting Crouse during a routine traffic stop, but they have not indicated if there was a motive in the shooting.

Virginia Tech Cop Was Dad to Five
December 8, 2011 11:45 PM

Details are still thin on Thursday’s shooting at Virginia Tech, with the shooter’s identity still under wraps. The cop he killed was Deriek W. Crouse, a 39-year-old Army veteran and the father of five children.

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Virginia Tech Victim Identified

The Virginia Tech police officer killed today by a campus shooter has been identified. 39-year-old Deriek W. Crouse was an Army veteran who had been with the Virginia Tech Police Department since 2007 and a member of the department’s emergency response team since 2011. He was awarded in 2008 for his commitment keeping drunk drivers off the streets. Crouse was married and had five children and step children.

Officials: Second Victim Was Shooter
Dec. 8, 2011 7:00PM                                       

The second person found dead following the fatal shooting of a Virginia Tech police officer is the original gunman, law enforcement and government officials said. However, state police and university officials would not confirm that the dead man was also the shooting suspect at a news conference today.

Police: Shooter Was Not Pulled Over
Dec. 8, 2011 5:22 PM

Virginia State Police Sgt. Robert Carpentieri said it appeared that the gunman who killed a police officer was not in the car that had been pulled over. Carpentieri said the shooter was believed to have walked into the parking lot and killed the officer who he was conducting a traffic stop. Another officer spotted a second person in a different parking lot who later died of a gunshot wound. A law enforcement official told the Associated Press that the gunman who killed a police officer is believed to be dead.

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Alert Lifted; Gunman Likely Dead
Dec. 8, 2011 5:14 PM

The campuswide alert at Virginia Tech has been lifted after authorities, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the shooter who killed a police officer is likely dead. During a press conference, Virginia State Police Sgt. Robert Carpentieri declined to confirm that the second body was that of the shooter, but said the campus was now safe.

Campus on Lockdown

The campus was on lockdown following the deadly shooting. University communications manager Jean Elliot told The Daily Beast that she had seen various colleagues “scurrying” to their cars after being “anxious” and “restless” about the lockdown. Elliot said she thinks police are checking out the buildings on campus one by one and possibly evacuating them. It had already been quieter than usual due to finals, which have now been canceled. The university's police chief and president were both in Washington, D.C., for a hearing with the U.S. Department of Education to appeal a $55,000 fine issued to the school after the 2007 rampage.

SWAT Team Outside Student Center
Dec. 8, 2011 2:59 PM

SWAT teams and officers are combing the campus, which is on lockdown. The suspected gunman is still at large.

At Least Two Dead, Including Police Officer
Dec. 8, 2011 1:57 PM

At least two people have been killed on the campus of Virginia Tech, the university spokesman said in a statement. An alert is in place after shots were fired near the Coliseum parking lot. There are reports that a police officer stopped a suspect, who opened fire, killing the officer. It’s not clear who the second victim is, who was found dead in a parking lot.

Suspect At Large
Dec. 8, 2011 1:45 PM

The suspect, who is reportedly still at large, is a white male, wearing gray sweat pants, a gray hat with a neon-green brim, a maroon hoodie, and a maroon backpack. He was reportedly last seen walking toward McComas Hall, which is the main gym on campus.

Reports: Shots Fired at Virginia Tech
Dec. 8, 2011 1:10 PM

An alert is in place at the campus of Virginia Tech, where shots have reportedly been fired. “Everyone should seek shelter or stay where you are,” the alert said. The university was the scene of the deadliest shooting by a single gunman in U.S. history, when in 2007 Cho Seung-Hui killed 32 people before committing suicide.