Breaking News: Shots Fired at Virginia Tech, Gunman May Be Dead (Updated)
Update: CBS News and the AP are reporting that the threat to Virginia Tech may now be over and the that the gunmen may be dead.
According to a just-posted bulletin from CBS:
"Police would not say during a Thursday afternoon news conference whether the second dead person was the gunman who killed the officer. However, a law enforcement official who had knowledge of the case and spoke on condition of anonymity told The Associated Press that the gunman was believed to be dead."
CBS went on to say that students, faculty and staff at VTU were no longer in imminent danger.
"Virginia Tech officials said on the school's website that a weapon was recovered near the second body found on campus. School officials also said there was no longer an active threat Thursday afternoon and that normal activities could resume."
Update: According to USA Today, Virginia Tech official are confirming two people dead on campus:
"The university issued a campuswide alert at 12:36 p.m. that said, 'Gunshots reported — Coliseum parking lot. Stay inside. Secure doors. Emergency personnel responding. Call 911 for help.' A second alert at 1:12 said a suspect remained at large. 'A police officer has been shot. A potential second victim is reported at the Cage lot. Stay indoors. Secure in place,' the alert said."
Virginia State Police have taken the lead on hunting down the suspect, who is still at large according to university officials, who recently held a press conference in Blacksburg, Virginia.
The FBI is reportedly also on site to assist with the investigation.
NBC is reporting that shots have been reported fired on the campus of Virginia Tech, the scene of a horrific massacre 4 years ago. The Virginia Tech website (which is currently down) released a warning about gunfire and the entire school is reportedly currently on lockdown.
"A police officer was shot at Virginia Tech on Thursday morning and campus officials warned everyone to seek shelter while an armed suspect was at large," said NBC.
The AP reported that "The suspect is described as a white male wearing gray sweat pants, gray hat with neon green brim, maroon hoodie and backpack."
In April of 2007, Virginia Tech was the site of one of the nation's worst school massacres, when 32 students were shot by 23-year-old South Korean Seung-Hui Cho, who killed himself in the ensuing pursuit by police.
We'll update as we learn more, but our thoughts and prayers for safety go out to everyone there.
Listen to a CNN with an employee on the scene of the shooting:
NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams