Multiple people were shot late Friday night in Blacksburg, Virginia, a college town that was devastated by one of the worst mass shootings in US history nearly 15 years ago.
Authorities are looking for four suspects, according to a Montgomery County Department of Public Safety scanner, following initial reports of an active shooter. Many people were taken to local hospitals, police said, but did not share more information about the number of people or the extent of their injuries.
“Multiple law enforcement agencies are assisting in the area and following leads,” Blacksburg Police said in a statement early Saturday.
On Twitter, Virginia Tech urged students to “stay at home” and “call 911 for help” on Twitter. The campus is locked. According to the scanner report, there were photos reported outside the Newman Library on campus at around 1:25 a.m.
“Reports of shots being fired at Blacksburg. Stay inside. Safety door. Emergency personnel respond. Call 911 for help,” the university tweeted at 2:19 a.m
Officers responded to reports of shots being fired late Friday at the Melody Hookah Lounge in downtown Blacksburg, according to a police statement. Open until 2 a.m. Friday, according to its website, just a few blocks from the Virginia Tech campus, where in April 2007 a college student killed 32 people in a school shooting. bloodiest school in American history.
It was considered the worst mass shooting in America until the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, and then the Las Vegas shooting in 2017.
This is the second famous shooting this week in Virginia. An alumnus allegedly shot dead two school employees at Bridgewater College on Tuesdaya small private school about 135 miles from Blacksburg.
Bridgewater College police officer John E. Painter, 55, and campus safety officer Vashon “JJ” A. Jefferson, 48, were killed after responding to a report of a suspicious man campus.
Contribution: Associated Press