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Old 12-08-2011, 10:22 PM   #1
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The Virginia Tech police officer who was killed on campus during¬a¬traffic stop was identified as four-year member of the force who was married and had five children and stepchildren.The Virginia Tech News website said Deriek W. Crouse, 39, of Christiansburg, was survived by his wife, five ...
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Shooting at Virginia Tech reopens wounds from 2007
8 Dec.`11 Ė Virginia Tech, site of the nation's deadliest school shooting less than five years ago, shuddered through a shocking reminder Thursday when deadly gunfire again tore through the university campus.
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"Tragedy has again struck Virginia Tech," school President Charles Steger said. "Our hearts are broken again." Two people were dead, one of them a campus police officer, after a gunman opened fire while the officer was conducting a traffic stop on campus, university officials said. After about four terrifying hours in which scores of law-enforcement agents scoured the campus for the shooter, the university announced the threat was over and that a second body was found. Sgt. Robert Carpentieri, spokesman for the State Police, was unable to say it was the shooter but suggested as much.

The shooting recalled the terror that gripped this campus in the southwestern Virginia mountains in 2007 when a student gunman killed 33 people, including himself. The latest shooting came while university officials were in Washington appealing a fine for the length of time officials took to notify students of the first two deaths in 2007. Frederick Cook, 26, who escaped the 2007 gunman by jumping out a second-floor window, said the news Thursday reopened painful memories. "I know for myself and others involved in the 2007 shooting, we all talk about a heightened sense of emotions about these things. You feel these events," said Cook, who runs a business near campus.

Sophomore Abby Lorenz, 19, of Millington, Md., said students felt safe, but "it almost makes you feel for the people that were here before. It makes it a lot more real." This time, a new emergency alert system, using texts, e-mails and other methods quickly spread word of the threat. Freshman Krystan Marshall said she was studying in her dorm room, around 12:35 p.m. when she got an e-mail alerting her to the shooting. "From their response today, I do not know what else the university would be asked to do," Cook said.

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8 Dec.`11 Ė With finals about to begin, Courtney Lofgren, a Virginia Tech senior, had just settled into the library for a marathon study session Thursday when her Twitter feed went crazy with news of a shooting on campus. Within moments, the Virginia Tech alert system sounded.
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As school officials and police locked down the library, shock set in. "When we heard that there were actual deaths, we started to realize that this was actually happening," Lofgren said. "We're just sad that this happened again at Tech." Nearly five years after a Virginia Tech senior killed 32 people in deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, the campus plunged again into panic as a man killed a police officer and then fled the scene. For four tense hours, 16,000 students, faculty and staff wrapping up the final days of the semester believed a gunman was on the loose and had killed two people. In the minutes after the 12:30 p.m. shooting, Virginia Tech officials sent a flurry of e-mail messages, texts and tweets urging students and employees to stay inside locked rooms and away from campus. The first alert, sent by the police department, reached student about seven minutes after the shooting, Tech spokesman Larry Hincker said.

The police officer, a four-year veteran of the campus police force, stopped a car at 12:15 p.m. near the Cassell Coliseum parking lot, Deputy Police Chief Gene Deisinger said. About 15 minutes later, a man walked up to the officer and shot him, Deisinger said. Witnesses who called 911 said the man ran toward a nearby parking lot, about a quarter-mile away. Police responding to the call saw a man meeting the description. When they approached him, they found him dead, Deisinger said. Police also found a weapon in the area. Police would not confirm the dead man is the gunman.

Lucy Tamberrino, 20, a junior psychology and chemistry major from Reston, Va., saw emergency workers doing CPR on a police officer who was on the ground. "The cops reacted really fast," Tamberrino said. Within five minutes, police had surrounded the area and blocked off roads, she said. Police "with huge guns" searched the area, she said. Students in the library, Squires Student Center and dorms on the reading day before the start of final exams hunkered down behind locked doors, glued to the news, as the alerts went out and sirens wailed. Classes ended Wednesday.

Freshmen Sonia Amin and Brittany Walker were in a cafe when Walker got the emergency text message. "Before we could even get to the library it was locked down," Walker said. Amin said heavily armed police officers rounded up about 100 students and escorted them to a sheltered area called The Bridge. Police lifted the alert at 4:30 p.m., but anxious students seemed reluctant to venture out. Freshman Carolina Boucher and 20 other classmates waited out the manhunt for four hours in a room at the Jamerson Athletic Building. "Now that we're allowed to leave, we want to," Boucher said. "But at least in the room I'm in, nobody has walked out." The university rescheduled Friday's final exams for Saturday and has counselors on call, Virginia Tech President Charles Steger said. "It is very traumatic," Steger said. "This brings back difficult memories of the past."

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