New information on Thursday's shooting at Virginia Tech

Officer Deriek Crouse
Officer Deriek Crouse

BLACKSBURG, VA (WWBT) - There is new information today about what the suspect did before the shooting that took the life of Officer Deriek Crouse.

The gunman's body is at the medical examiner's office and his name will not be released until his family is notified- but we can tell you- he was not a Virginia Tech student.

Flowers and a Hokie stone mark another dark day in Virginia Tech's history. Another shooter has opened old wounds.

"We're all here because of an angry young man- who had easy access to violent killing weapon for years ago," said VT spokesperson Larry Hincker.

Journalists returned in number- this time for the murder of 39-year-old Deriek Crouse. We learned today he was never able to fire his gun. Crouse died in his cruiser during a traffic stop in the parking lot of Cassell Coliseum.

"We have made no connection that the shooter and Officer Crouse knew one another prior to the shooting," said Corrine Geller with the Virginia State Police.

After killing Officer Crouse- the man ran to the Virginia Tech greenhouses. There's a message drawn on a dirty window and police are investigating whether the gunman wrote it.

Police found a backpack there with a hat and hoodie inside the Virginia Tech greenhouses. Police believe the shooter changed clothes before heading to The Cage parking lot.

He was spotted less than 30 minutes after the murder, by a deputy, in The Cage parking lot on campus. As the deputy approached he lost sight of the suspect for a moment.

"He had suffered what appears to be a self inflicted gunshot wound. And the handgun was found nearby," Geller said.

We still don't know a motive. Was it random or was Officer Crouse targeted.

"We've been in the process of piecing together the whereabouts of this male subject leading up the shooting," Geller added.

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