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Vt Shooter 2011

Virginia Tech Victim Identified

AP | ZINIE CHEN SAMPSON and ERIC TUCKER | Posted 02.07.2012 | College

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- A gunman killed a Virginia Tech police officer Thursday at a campus parking lot and then apparently shot himself to death nearby in an attack that shook the university 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's 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.