19-Year-Old Virginia Tech Student Arrested After Trying to Purchase 5,000 Rounds of Ammunition

Yunsong Zhao / MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL

A 19-year-old Virginia Tech student has been arrested on an illegal firearms charge after attempting to purchase 5,000 rounds of ammunition, authorities said Tuesday. Yunsong Zhao was taken into custody without incident Monday following an investigation that lasted several weeks, a university spokesperson told CBS News.

Zhao has been charged with one count of possessing an assault firearm without having U.S. citizenship, officials said. A university spokesperson said Zhao is no longer a student at the college following the incident.

Zhao has family in China and had been living in Blacksburg, Virginia, for six months at the time of his arrest, CBS affiliate WDBJ reports, citing court documents. He is being held at Montgomery County Jail and will appear in court on March 1.

Police said Zhao also purchased a former police vehicle outfitted with special bumpers and had been researching bulletproof vests, WDBJ reports.

The university said police did not believe there was a threat to the community during the investigation.

“I want to personally thank each and every one of you in assisting us here in our efforts to keep all Hokies safe,” Virginia Tech Police Chief Kevin Foust said in a statement posted to Facebook on Monday.

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SOURCE: CBS News, Justin Carissimo