Radford, Va. — Late-Tuesday evening, Radford University issued a campus alert regarding what many perceived to be an active shooter situation. The university later Tweeted, “Radford University distributed a campus alert regarding shots fired at an off-campus location within the City of Radford. This is an isolated incident and a developing police matter.”
A statement issued by the Radford City Police Department clarified the incident, stating, “On 29 October 2019 at approximately 2025 hours, Radford City Police responded to the area of the 500 block of Fairfax Street, Radford, VA for a report of gunshots being fired. Police located a witness that described a red four door Ford Fusion that was approached on foot by a light skinned African American male (described further as 5’10” tall wearing a red jacket). The unknown suspect male fired approximately four gunshots near/at the vehicle and then fled on foot. This vehicle struck another parked vehicle as it left the area. No injuries have been reported at this time. The incident is under investigation by Radford City Police and citizens with information are asked to please contact 540-731-3624. Radford University released an ‘emergency notification’ immediately after this incident was reported to police. No further information will be released at this time.”
The city’s police department further clarified via Facebook, “This is an isolated incident and a static event. This is not an active shooter event.”
Radford University is just a handful of miles from the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. In April 2016, the neighboring Virginia Tech campus served as the scene to one of the deadliest school shootings in American history. Thirty-three people, including the perpetrator died in the incident.
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