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One person is shot dead and four more are injured at hookah lounge near Virginia Tech


One person is shot dead and four more are injured at hookah lounge near Virginia Tech: Students ordered to shelter in place for hours following shooting

  • Police said officers responded to reports of shots fired at Melody Hookah Lounge in downtown Blacksburg on Friday before midnight 
  • Police did not identify the deceased person or any of the people who were injured in the shooting 
  • Authorities said they were taken to local hospitals, but that their conditions are unknown 
  • No additional information was made available, including details on potential suspects or a motive 


One person was killed and another four people were injured during a shooting at a hookah lounge in Virginia, authorities said.

The Blacksburg Police Department said officers responded to reports of shots fired at Melody Hookah Lounge in downtown Blacksburg on Friday just before midnight.

Police did not identify the deceased person or any of the people who were injured in the shooting. Authorities said they were taken to local hospitals, but that their conditions are unknown.

No additional information was made available, including details on potential suspects or a motive.

Nearby, Virginia Tech was encouraging students to stay indoors, but was lifted three hours after the request was originally made, the university said in a post on Twitter.

Police stand by as officers conduct an investigation after a shooting at a business on Main Street in Blacksburg, Va. Saturday

A police officer conducts an investigation after a shooting at a Melody Hookah Lounge

A police officer conducts an investigation after a shooting at a Melody Hookah Lounge

One person is dead and several injured in the shooting

One person is dead and several injured in the shooting

Police vehicles block Main Street after a shooting in Blacksburg

Police vehicles block Main Street after a shooting in Blacksburg

Virginia Tech was the site of one of the biggest campus mass shootings in history in 2007, when a gunman fatally shot 32 and injured 17 others before taking his own life.

‘Our condolences go out to the family and friends of the deceased and we extend our support to those who were injured,’ President Tim Sands said in a letter to students.’

‘Events like this are difficult and unsettling to all of us,’ he added. ‘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.’

At the time of the shooting, the bar had just reopened to the public after being closed for three hours for a private party, according to Melody Hookah Lounge’s website. 

A section of Main Street near Roanoke Street in downtown Blacksburg, was closed off for over five hours after the shooting while authorities investigated.  

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