At 9:09 a.m. three juveniles attending a camp at the university reported seeing a white male, 6 feet tall, with light brown hair outside of New Residence Hall East holding what may have been a handgun. They say the weapon was covered by a cloth or covering of some sort. He was walking fast in the direction of the volleyball courts. He was wearing a blue and white striped shirt (stripes were vertical), grey shorts and brown sandals. The subject had no facial hair or glasses.
Officers responded immediately to the area but found no one matching the description. Police have encountered no other witnesses reporting this individual or anything suspicious. Law enforcement officers from VTPD, Blacksburg PD, Christiansburg, PD, and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office are patrolling the campus, continuing to look for the subject.
If anyone sees anything suspicious contact the VT Police Department at 231-6411 or 911.
Update 11:17 a.m. The sighting was reported by juveniles attending the Higher Achievement camp on campus. The campus is being searched. No gunman has yet been found. The lockdown remains in place.
12:54: Police release a composite sketch of the suspect and say they do not know when lockdown will be lifted.
3:00 p.m. Lockdown lifted.
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