Virginia Tech student arrested after trying to buy 5,000 rounds - WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports

Virginia Tech student arrested after trying to buy 5,000 rounds of ammo, police say

Posted: Updated:
Yunsong Zhao Yunsong Zhao

Virginia Tech police on Monday arrested a student who allegedly had an "assault rifle" and tried to buy 5,000 rounds of ammunition, authorities said.

Yunsong Zhao, 19, is charged with one count of possession or transportation of certain firearms by certain persons, a university spokesperson said.

Court documents say he had an assault rifle and attempted to buy 5,000 round of ammunition. The arrest report says that Zhao possessed or transported an assault firearm while not being a citizen of the United States. The documents say he has family in China and had been in the area for six months as a Virginia Tech student.

"At no time during this investigation did police believe there was any threat to our community, nor is there one now," Virginia Tech said in a statement Tuesday. The university said that the arrest came after weeks of investigation.

Virginia Tech Police Chief Kevin Foust said in a statement Monday that police obtained an arrest warrant for a student and made an arrest without incident. The university identified the person arrested as Zhao, whose name was also on a police report made public after the statement.

He is being held at the Montgomery County Jail without bail, NBC affiliate WSLS reported.

Zhao's attorney, Jason Wolfrey, said in an emailed statement Tuesday night that there is a bond hearing scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

"During that hearing I anticipate evidence will be presented demonstrating that the fears associated with this case have been significantly over sensationalized and there was never any threat to the community," Wolfrey said.

An arrest report also says that Zhao researched a bulletproof vest and "bought a former police vehicle that still bears some police markings and outfitted it with special bumper."

In 2007 a student killed 32 people in a shooting spree at Virginia Tech’s campus. Gunman Seung-Hui Cho, a senior at the school, killed himself.

Virginia Tech said that no alert was sent Monday after the arrest because there was no threat to the university community.

WEEKLY CIRCULARS
  • NewsMore>>

  • Opioid treatment gap in Medicare: methadone clinics

    Opioid treatment gap in Medicare: methadone clinics

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 3:56 AM EDT2018-04-24 07:56:11 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 5:01 PM EDT2018-04-24 21:01:13 GMT
    (AP Photo/Kevin D. Liles, File). FILE - In this March 7, 2017, file photo, the CEO of a methadone clinic holds a 35 mg liquid dose of methadone in Rossville, Ga. The drug is the oldest and most effective of approved medications used to treat opioid add...(AP Photo/Kevin D. Liles, File). FILE - In this March 7, 2017, file photo, the CEO of a methadone clinic holds a 35 mg liquid dose of methadone in Rossville, Ga. The drug is the oldest and most effective of approved medications used to treat opioid add...
    Opioid overdoses killed 1,354 Americans ages 65 and older in 2016, but Medicare doesn't cover the oldest proven treatment for opioid addiction: methadone.More
    Opioid overdoses killed 1,354 Americans ages 65 and older in 2016, but Medicare doesn't cover the oldest proven treatment for opioid addiction: methadone.More
  • For the first time, Facebook spells out what it forbids

    For the first time, Facebook spells out what it forbids

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 5:46 AM EDT2018-04-24 09:46:06 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 4:52 PM EDT2018-04-24 20:52:48 GMT
    (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File). FILE - In this March 29, 2018, file photo, the logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York's Times Square. For the first time, Facebook is making public, on Tuesday, April 24, its detailed gu...(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File). FILE - In this March 29, 2018, file photo, the logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York's Times Square. For the first time, Facebook is making public, on Tuesday, April 24, its detailed gu...
    For the first time, Facebook spells out how it decides whether to delete your posts.More
    For the first time, Facebook spells out how it decides whether to delete your posts.More
  • UPDATE: Woodmore bus driver sentenced to 4 years

    UPDATE: Woodmore bus driver sentenced to 4 years

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 4:49 PM EDT2018-04-24 20:49:24 GMT
    Johnthony Walker testifies in court Wednesday. WRCBtv.com photoJohnthony Walker testifies in court Wednesday. WRCBtv.com photo

    It was an emotional day in court as a judge sentenced the driver in the deadly Woodmore bus crash. 

    More

    It was an emotional day in court as a judge sentenced the driver in the deadly Woodmore bus crash. 

    More

Weather

Powered by Frankly