A Virginia Tech pupil has been arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm after attempting to purchase 5,000 rounds of ammo.
Based on an announcement from Virginia Tech Police, the coed – later recognized as Yunsong Zhao – was taken into police custody on Monday after a “prolonged investigation.”
Police started maintaining a tally of Zhao after catching wind of a rumor pupil has been “‘stockpiling weapons’.”
The assertion addressed a selected portion of the rumor that urged college students had been warned to “‘keep away from massive lecture lessons.'”
“VTPD instantly investigated however have discovered no proof this rumor is correct,” the assertion learn.
The 19-year-old has been charged with a single depend of possessing an assault rifle with out having U.S. citizenship, police stated.
He had been dwelling in Blacksburg, Va., for six months on a pupil visa on the time of his arrest, in accordance with WDBJ. He has household in China.
Police started to deal with Zhao after he bought an AR-15 rifle and journal final week. Whereas buying these gadgets should not unlawful on their very own, the truth that Zhao was within the U.S. on a visa makes him ineligible beneath Virginia regulation to own these kinds of weapons.
The outlet additionally reported that Zhao bought a former police automobile which featured particular bumpers and was researching bulletproof vests.
Zhao has been expelled from Virginia Tech CBS Information reported, citing a spokesperson for the college.
Regardless of his latest purchases and questionable search historical past, the college stated police didn’t imagine there was a direct risk to the neighborhood throughout their investigation.
College students acquainted with Zhao had been equally unaware of any potential hazard.
“He appeared like a standard man, you understand what I imply? Simply somebody attempting to make buddies and attempting to mix in like everybody else,” Alvaro Barros, who knew Zhao from the college’s summer season program, advised CBS Information.
“I used to be simply shocked as a result of he does not seem to be the man that will do it, in no way,” he added.
This is not the primary time violence, or the specter of it, has surfaced on the college’s campus. April 2017 marked 10 years since a 23-year-old pupil shot and killed 32 folks at Virginia Tech.