8:19 a.m.

Crannis requests BPD ERT to respond for the same reason as the VTPD ERT.

8:16 - 9:24 a.m.

Officers search for Hilscher’s boyfriend. His vehicle is not found in campus parking lots, and officers become more confident that he has left the campus. VTPD and BPD officers are sent to his home; he is not found. A BOLO (be on the lookout) report is issued to BPD and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office for his vehicle. Meanwhile, officers continue canvassing WAJ for possible witnesses. VTPD, BPD and the Virginia State Police (VSP) continue processing the crime scene and gathering evidence. Investigators secure identification of the victims.

8:15 a.m.

Flinchum requests the VTPD Emergency Response Team (ERT) to respond to the scene and then to wait at the BPD in the event an arrest is needed or a search warrant is to be executed.

8:13 a.m.

Flinchum requests additional VTPD and BPD officers to assist with securing WAJ entrances and with the investigation.

8:11 a.m.

Blacksburg Police Chief Kim Crannis arrives on scene.

8:10 - 9:25 a.m.

Flinchum provides updated information via phone to the Virginia Tech Policy Group regarding progress made in the investigation. He informs them of a possible suspect, who is probably off campus.

8:00 a.m.

Classes begin. Flinchum arrives at WAJ and finds VTPD and BPD detectives on the scene and the investigation underway. A local special agent of the state police has been contacted and is responding to the scene.

7:57 a.m.

Flinchum notifies the Virginia Tech Office of the Executive Vice President of the shootings. This triggers a meeting of the university’s policy group.

7:51 a.m.

VTPD Chief Wendell Flinchum contacts the Blacksburg Police Department (BPD) and requests a BPD evidence technician and a BPD detective to assist with the investigation.

7:30 a.m.

Additional VTPD officers begin arriving at Hilscher’s room. They secure the crime scene and start a preliminary investigation. Interviews of residents find that they are unable to provide a suspect description. No one on Hilscher’s floor in WAJ saw anyone leave Hilscher’s room after the initial noise was heard.