UPDATE 8:20 a.m.: North Main Street near Roanoke Street reopened to traffic in downtown Blacksburg after the nighttime shooting at the Melody Hookah Lounge – the site of a shooting where one person was killed and four others injured.
UPDATE 8:00 am: Blacksburg Transit says that the service is suspended for the day of Saturday.
UPDATE 7:00 a.m.: Authorities are asking anyone who may have information about the shooting to contact the Blacksburg Police Department by calling 540-443-1400 or, to remain anonymous, call 540-961- 1819 or email [email protected]
UPDATE 6:40 a.m.: Virginia Tech President Tim Sands has released a letter to the campus community regarding the shooting that took place overnight.
In the letter, which can be read below, Sands says one of the four reported people injured was a student at Virginia Tech.
He expressed his condolences to those affected by the shooting.
Dear members of the Virginia Tech community,
Shortly before midnight last night, Blacksburg Police responded to a report of shots being fired at the Melody Hookah Lounge in downtown Blacksburg. The Blacksburg Police Department released a statement that one person was killed; four others were injured, one of whom was a Virginia Tech student. For the moment, the names of the victims have not been released. Our condolences go out to the family and friends of the deceased and we offer our support to those who were injured.
Events like this are difficult and troubling for all of us. Please take care of yourself and ask for help if you need it. Campus resources are listed below. Our community is strong, and our strength comes from our sincere care and concern for each other.
Blacksburg Police are leading this ongoing investigation and we are assisting. If you have any information about this case, please contact the Blacksburg Police Department at (540) 443-1400 or you can remain anonymous by calling the Blacksburg Police Hotline at (540) 961-1819 or by sending an email [email protected]
We will continue to share updates on this incident on vt.edu.
UPDATE 5:34 a.m.: Blacksburg police are officially calling Friday night’s shooting incident involving several people at the Melody Hookah Lounge in Blacksburg a homicide investigation.
Authorities said five people were injured in the shooting, four were taken to local hospitals and one died.
The extent of injuries to those transported to local hospitals is not known at this time.
This remains an ongoing investigation.
UPDATE: 3:22 a.m.: Shortly after 3:20 a.m., Virginia Tech posted on its Facebook page that “secure in place” was complete, but avoid downtown.
Blacksburg Police remain at the scene as the investigation is still ongoing.
WFXR News’ Kelsey Jean-Baptiste is currently on hand to gather information and will continue to provide live updates on the WFXR News Facebook page.
UPDATE 2:02 a.m.: According to Blacksburg Police, officers responded at approximately 11:53 p.m. Friday, February 4 to a report of shots being fired at the Melody Hookah Lounge located at 109 N Main St in downtown Blacksburg.
Authorities say several people were transported from the scene to local hospitals.
Several law enforcement agencies are on the scene, assisting in the area and following leads.
WFXR News’ Kelsey Jean-Baptiste was on the scene to gather information and get feedback from students.
“We were downtown tonight at Top Of The Stairs when we received the first alert that gunshots had been heard at 7-Eleven here. We debated whether we should stay or go, but thought it was probably safer for us to stay at the bar until we knew more,” said Ella Moore, a student at Virginia Tech. “The rumor on the street, which I heard at least, was that someone had been shot outside the hookah bar. I don’t know exactly what the details are, but we just got everyone together, stayed together, and then we all walked back together as a group.
Virginia Tech student Gutherie Martin and his friend also heard the shooting happened in the hookah lounge.
“I didn’t hear much tonight. I just heard there’s a shooting at the hookah lounge. We were listening to the police scanner and decided to come check it out and see what was going on,” Martin said.
David Probsd, Martin’s friend, described what it was like when they first heard about the shooting.
“You’re a little scared and then we locked the door. And we told Ray, our roommate, we advised him not to walk the dog. We heard a lot of sirens and other things as well,” Probsd said.
This remains an ongoing investigation.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Blacksburg Police Department at (540) 443-1400 or you can remain anonymous by calling the Blacksburg Police Hotline at (540) 961-1819. You can also contact Blacksburg Police via email with information at [email protected]
UPDATE 1:14 a.m.: According to a recent Facebook post around 1 a.m., Virginia Tech says, “Keep securing in place. Emergency personnel on site. Call 911 for assistance.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) – Shortly before midnight, Virginia Tech tweeted reports of shots being fired on West Roanoke Street and Draper Road SW in Blacksburg.
VT Alerts later tweeted “keep securing in place”.
Virginia Tech also posted a warning on Facebook about a person with a firearm reported near West Roanoke Street and Draper Road. The post also advises to “stay indoors” and “secure the doors”.
Emergency personnel are on site.
WFXR News has a team on the way to the scene and will have more information as it becomes available.