One person has died and four others are injured following a shooting at a hookah lounge in Blacksburg, Virginia within a mile from the Virginia Tech campus late Friday (February 4) night.
The Blacksburg Police Department confirmed it received a report of shots fired at the Melody Hookah Lounge on Main Street at around 11:53 p.m. in a news release shared on its Facebook account Saturday (February 5) morning.
The department confirmed five total victims were injured in the shooting, which included one fatality and the four others — including a Virginia Tech student — being transported to nearby hospitals.
The victims of the shooting have not yet been identified as of Saturday morning.
“This incident continues to be a complex, ongoing case that has shifted to a homicide investigation,” the department wrote in the news release. “There were five individuals that were injured in the shooting, four were transported to local hospitals and one is deceased. The severity of the injuries of those who were transported is unknown at this time.”
Virginia Tech president Tim Sands released an official statement through the school’s website Saturday morning in response to the shooting.
“Our condolences go out to the family and friends of the deceased and we extend our support to those who were injured,” Sands said. “Events like this are difficult and unsettling to all of us. Please care for yourself and seek assistance if you need it. Campus resources are listed below. Our community is strong, and our strength is derived from our genuine care and concern for one another.”
The Virginia Tech campus was the site of the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history after Seung-Hui Choi, a 23-year-old student, killed 32 students and a faculty member — as well as himself — and injured 17 others during a shooting spree on April 16, 2007.