Lockdown Lifted at Va.'s Radford Univ. After Fatal Shooting

Clarence Williams
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, April 2, 2009; 4:42 AM

Radford University officials ended a lockdown of the campus about five hours after a man was shot and killed nearby.

The campus in southwestern Virginia was put on lockdown Thursday night after a man was fatally shot off campus and the suspect fled onto the school grounds, university officials said.

University officials alerted students by e-mail, text message and voice mail about 9 p.m. to stay inside and lock their doors after reports of gunshots about a block from the campus.

Police say the suspect was seen fleeing toward the campus, which prompted a sweep of campus buildings by authorities. They do not believe the suspect or the victim were Radford students. Neither has been identified.

The victim, who was not immediately identified, was taken to New River Valley Medical Center.

-- The Associated Press contributed to this report

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