State police: Va. Tech gunman acted alone

December 9, 2011 - 11:40 AM
VaTech Shots Fired

A student participates in an impromptu candlelight vigil in front of the 4/16 memorial on the campus of Virginia Tech after two shootings on the campus in Blacksburg, Va., Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011. A gunman killed a police officer 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. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — State police say the gunman who killed himself at Virginia Tech acted alone in the slaying of a campus police officer.

Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller says the gunman ran from the scene and changed clothes before killing himself in a parking lot a half-mile away.

Geller says the gunman, whose identity has not been released, was later found by an officer in the campus parking lot. The man shot and killed himself.

Geller said at a Friday news conference that the gunman put his clothes in a backpack and left it behind at a greenhouse on campus.

Geller says investigators are still trying to find out why the gunman ambushed the officer, Deriek W. Crouse.