Police Officer, Gunman Dead in Virginia Tech Shooting – Dec 8, 2011

BLACKSBURG, Va. — A gunman killed a Virginia Tech police officer and was found dead in a nearby parking lot Thursday at the university, scene of the worst campus killings in U.S. history, officials said. At a news conference on the campus in Blacksburg, Va., police said only that the second body was that of a white male and that he was not shot by police. A weapon was found nearby, they said. Police wouldn’t comment further on whether the second person was the gunman. But other authorities told NBC’s Pete Williams that they believed the second victim was the man who shot the campus officer. A law enforcement official who spoke on the condition of anonymity confirmed to The Associated Press the gunman was dead, but wouldn’t say how.

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