Nov 19, 2013

Lynchburg, VA – Police are investigating a deadly shooting Tuesday morning at Liberty University's off-campus dorm, called the Residential Annex.

ABC 13 learned in a press briefing Tuesday morning that a male student is dead.

Lt. Dave Gearhart with LPD says Lynchburg officers were called to the Annex as backup at 4:07 a.m.

Gearhart says their preliminary investigation reveals that an LU emergency services officer and a male LU student were involved in an altercation.

The LU officer shot and killed the student, according to Gearhart.

Students have been coming and going this morning because Gearhart believes this event is over.

"This appears to be an isolated incident. We're not seeking any more people," Gearhart said.

ABC 13 also spoke to an LU student that lives in Annex 1 just across the street. He says students received no alert of the shooting but he says he did hear something suspicious around 4 a.m.

"I just kept hearing bangs, like 6 or 7 pops. I didn't know what it was," the student said.

Annex 2 is an all-girls dormitory.

Gearhart did not say why a male student was at the dorm so early in the morning.

The student's name has not been released.

We're told officers are notifying next of kin.


The ABC 13 break in occurs about 1:50 into the video - ABC13


Update: 10:15 a.m.:

Liberty University released a statement Tuesday morning on the shooting at the Residential Annex:

"Liberty University confirms initial reports that there was an altercation between a Liberty University Emergency Services Officer and a male student that led to a shooting last night at a women's-only residential hall (Residential Annex II) that is under investigation by the Lynchburg Police Department. The entire campus, including Annex I & II, are open and operating as normal. This appears to be an isolated incident and there is not any ongoing concern for the safety of students or the community."







Update:  6:01 a.m.

Lynchburg, VA - Liberty University has confirmed there was a shooting at the Residential Annex Tuesday morning.

Officials will not comment on whether the shooting was fatal.


Lynchburg, VA - Police are on the scene of an incident at Liberty University's Residential Annex on Odd Fellows Road.

Our crew on the scene is reporting seeing multiple officers from both Lynchburg Police and Liberty University Police.  

We are hearing reports of a shooting.

The Annex is an off-campus dorm.

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