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United States: 1 dead, 4 wounded in shooting at hookah lodge in Virginia

One person was killed and four others were injured in a shooting late Friday at a hookah lounge near Virginia Tech’s campus in downtown Blacksburg, police said.

Details about what led to the shooting at Melody Hookah Lounge weren’t immediately available, and no arrest was announced.

Blacksburg police responded to a report of shots fired at the lounge at 11:53pm ET, they said.




Of the five people shot, one died, and the others were taken to hospitals, police said. The severity of the patients’ injuries wasn’t known, police said.

One of the injured is a Virginia Tech student, university President Tim Sands said in an online post.

“Our condolences go out to the family and friends of the deceased and we extend our support to those who were injured,” Sands wrote.



The campus was deemed secure at 3:18am on Saturday after the shooting prompted a lockdown for several hours, according to university alerts.

“Multiple law enforcement agencies are assisting in the area and following up on leads,” police said in a news release.

Anyone with information about the shooting should contact Blacksburg police, they said.