BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Memories of the worst school shooting in U.S. history at Virginia Tech came flooding back when the campus locked down after reports of a man with a gun.
The university on Thursday issued the longest, most extensive lockdown and search on campus since the 2007 massacre. It came after three teenage girls attending a summer camp on campus reported to university police that they saw a man with a possible gun as they walked to the dining hall.
The school lifted the lockdown more than five hours later after a search for such a man was unsuccessful and police had no real leads.
University spokesman Larry Hincker says all alerting systems worked without a hitch and issuing such a warning was necessary.