April 16, 2007

VA Tech Student Alert E-mails

Washington Post has the e-mails sent to students this morning announcing security measures to be taken after the first shooting at the residence hall on campus.

9:50 a.m.

Subject: Please stay put

A gunman is loose on campus. Stay in buildings until further notice. Stay away from all windows.

We've gotten these security e-mails at USC but never for an immediate security risk such as this, they've always been more along the lines of incident reports about muggings etc. that had taken place in the neighborhood, always along with tips for keeping yourself safe late at night in the city.

What's perhaps most interesting is that this initial e-mail informed students of two shooters, one of whom was taken into custody, as opposed to the single shooter reported in most media who took his own life.

10:52 a.m.

Subject: Second Shooting Reported; Police have one gunman in custody

In addition to an earlier shooting today in West Ambler Johnston, there has been a multiple shooting with multiple victims in Norris Hall.

Police and EMS are on the scene.

Police have one shooter in custody and as part of routine police procedure, they continue to search for a second shooter.

The next 24 hours should be interesting as this all unfolds...

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