Cop and Army Vet Killed, Gunman Dead at Virginia Tech
A gunman killed a police officer in a Virginia Tech parking lot Thursday and then apparently shot himself to death nearby in a baffling attack that shook up the campus nearly five years after it was the scene of the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history.
The shooting took place on the same day Virginia Tech officials were in Washington, fighting a government fine over their alleged mishandling of the 2007 bloodbath where 33 people were killed. Before it became clear that the gunman in Thursday‚Äôs attack was dead, the school applied the lessons learned during the last tragedy, locking down the campus and using a high-tech alert system to warn students and faculty members to stay indoors.The Virginia Tech police officer who was gunned down is being identified as a 39-year-old Army veteran and father of five.
The university said late Thursday that the officer was Deriek W. Crouse. He...