A stunning display of atrocious horror has occurred on the campus of Virginia Tech after a "non-citizen" student was arrested for the possession of multiple assault rifles also while trying to purchase 5,000 round of ammunition all while seeking bulletproof vests and having a custom modified former police cruiser.
Virginia Tech has already been the unfortunate recipient of mass shooting which is often referred to as<a href="https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_Tech_shooting"> <i>"Virginia Tech Massacre"</i></a>, in which 32 people were killed and an additional 17 were wounded in one of the worst mass shootings in American history.
It's due to the horrific nature of the <i>Virginia Tech Massacre</i> that law enforcement with the Virginia Tech Police Department immediately responded to calls that an individual who lived on campus was not only engaging in the stockpiling of assault rifles but also asking around as to where he could purchase 5,000 round of ammunition.
Authorities believe they've either prevented a terrorist attack or a copycat-style of the mass shooter.
Virginia Tech Police said they were alerted to Zhao after he purchased an AR-15 rifle on January 25th and an additional 30 round PMAG (5.56 model) rifle magazine.
<a href="http://www.wdbj7.com/content/news/Virginia-Tech-student-arrested-after-illegally-possessing-assault-rifles-471815644.html">WDBJ 7 </a>reported that 19-year-old Yunsong Zhao, a Chinese student who's neither a legal US citizen nor a permanent resident of the United States of America, was apprehended by the Virginia Tech Police after they executed a search of his<a href="https://vt.edu/about/buildings/cochrane-hall.html"> Cochrane Hall </a>student dormitory residence on campus located at 770 Washington Street South West.
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Once officers went inside of Zhao's dormitory they discovered a massive arsenal of several assault rifles. Not only were there several high powered semi automatic weapons, but apparently several rifles were found that had been modified into assault weapons, as per local media reports.
It appears the dorm was also searched once before on January 29th but that search didn't turn up any evidence or weapons.
Law enforcement then searched his 2011 model Ford Crown Victoria sedan looking for rifle magazines that hold more than 20 rounds or other weapons accessories that would change the status of a rifle to an assault rifle.
Crime scene investigators hoped to discover additional magazines that hold more than twenty rounds or even potential accessories inside the vehicle, although they didn't announce whether they secured any evidence.
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Owning those types of weapons or magazines on their own aren't illegal for United States citizens, but under<a href="https://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title18.2/chapter7/section18.2-308.2:01/"> Virginia Code 18.2-308.2:01 </a>it becomes a "Class Six Felony" as per Virginia law.
In the state it's illegal for those holding Student Visas to own assault firearms, or, "any semi-automatic center-fire rifle or pistol that expels single or multiple projectiles by action of an explosion of a combustible material and is equipped at the time of the offense with a magazine which will hold more than 20 rounds of ammunition or designed by the manufacturer to accommodate a silencer or equipped with a folding stock," according to the Code definition.
Blacksburg Detectives claim they've been monitoring Zhao for some time, and that on January 26th he withdrew his Bushmaster XM-15 from the student gun locker at the Public Safety Building prompting further investigation.
Undercover officers then followed Zhao to the Jefferson National Forest shooting range where he was witnessed firing .223 caliber ammunition from a 30 round magazine.
Court complaints against Zhao show that he was also interested in the purchase of bulletproof vests including but not limited trying to purchase 5,000 rounds of ammo.
The Crown Victoria that Zhao owned was also a former police cruiser, to which Zhao has outfitted with a custom "armored" bumper himself.
Zhao also reportedly has a clean criminal history outside of a speeding ticket and a reckless driving charge, neither of which affected his Student Visa status.
Authorities have charged Zhao with possessing an assault rifle firearm while not being a lawfully admitted U.S. citizen, and he's being detained in the Montgomery County Jail pending future additional criminal charges.
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A post on Facebook from the Virginia Tech Police Department on January 29th said that they'd received tips "someone on campus" had been "stockpiling weapons" and the students "should avoid large lecture classes".
This prompted widespread fear across the campus although VTPD now says there isn't an active threat and outside of remaining vigilant students shouldn't fear the school grounds.
Zhao is originally from China, and has no family inside the United States of America.
The students deserve to know these kind of things, because we're the ones who live here," said Jeremy Tidman, another student.
Students said they thankful for the arrest, but many also said changes are needed.
"We need more regulations to prevent things like this from happening, because this would have been like the second time," said Valeria Ortiz.
"There is a bond hearing scheduled for Thursday afternoon," Zhao's attorney, Jason Wolfrey, said. "And I believe there will be evidence elicited at that bond hearing that will demonstrate that the fears and sensationalism associated with this case have been vastly overblown."
Despite the best efforts or Zhao's attorney to suggest this case has somehow been "sensationalized", we have a non-citizen who's not allowed to have assault weapons in the first place not only stockpiling the guns and attempting to buy vast amounts of ammunition and body armor but also modifying a police cruiser.
It seems highly propable Zhao had ulterior motives, which will be for law enforcement and prosecutors to determine in a court of law.
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