Yunsong Zhao, 19, who owned an assault rifle was arrested by Virginia Tech police on Monday for attempting to buy 5,000 rounds of ammunition, authorities said.
Zhao was charged with one count of possession or transportation of certain firearms by certain persons, a university spokesperson said.
Court documents say he has a family in China and has been a Virginia Tech student for the past 6 months.
The university said that the arrest came after weeks of investigation.
“At no time during this investigation did police believe there was any threat to our community, nor is there one now,” stated Virginia Tech on Tuesday.
Zhao’s attorney, Jason Wolfrey, said on Tuesday 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.”
Zhao is being held at the Montgomery County Jail without bail.