BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - A female student was stabbed to death
Wednesday night on Virginia Tech's campus, triggering a crisis
alert system that was revamped after a deadly mass shooting there
Students were warned in an electronic alert Wednesday night to
stay in place while police investigated the killing, and were told
in a message at 8:37 p.m. that they could resume normal activity.
A male suspect was taken into custody around 7:10 p.m.,
according to a university news release. Campus police responding to
an emergency call found the man and a knife they believe was used
at the scene, a cafe in the Graduate Life Center.
Both the victim and the suspect are graduate students at
Virginia Tech, and police believe they knew each other, the school
Further details weren't immediately released, and university
officials didn't immediately reply to phone and e-mail messages
left seeking comment.
Virginia Tech added text messages and other ways of warning
students of possible danger to its system of e-mail alerts after
gunman Seung-Hui Cho took 32 lives before turning the gun on
himself in an April 2007 rampage.
The revamped alert system was first used last November when an
exploded cartridge from a nail gun produced sounds similar to
gunfire near a dormitory.