A Virginia Tech freshman has been arrested for possessing an assault rifle. He also tried to buy 5,000 rounds of ammunition according to police.
Yunsong Zhao, a 19-year-old student from China, was researching bulletproof vests and had purchased a police car.
The arrest was made after an investigation lasting more than a week. Zhao was a business major but is no longer enrolled at the university.
Virginia Tech police said that Zhao bought a 30-round rifle magazine on January 22 and Bushmaster XM-15 semiautomatic rifle on January 25.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 1.