Shooting at University of Virginia leaves three dead and two injured, Suspect Christopher Darnell Jones in custody
UVA Emergency Management
: Shots fired reported at Culbreth Garage. Follow fire/police direction. If possible, avoid the area.
Police are responding to an active shooter at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville with reports of multiple people shot they are asking people to shelter in place
At 10:15 p.m. yesterday, Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., 22, started shooting near a college parking garage, killing three individuals and injured another two. Along with Devin Chandler and Lavel Davis Jr., wide receiver D’Sean Perry of the school’s squad was also killed. Perry had played for the team the day before. Despite their injuries, Mike Hollins and Dontayvion Wicks both lived.
They were all in Washington, DC for a field trip and had gone to see a play.
On Monday morning, approximately 12 hours after the incident, Jones was taken into custody for his involvement. Since then, college officials have disclosed that he was reported to the office of student affairs in September by a person who grew concerned when he told them that he possessed a pistol. This person’s concern stemmed from the fact that he had told them that he owned a gun.
No one knows for sure if he made any threats. He was also a part of an investigation into hazing. His family is going from Miami to Virginia right now.
Jones is described as a black male wearing blue pants, a burgundy jacket, and red shoes by Charlottesville police.
According to police, he might be operating a black SUV with the license plate TWX3580.
Lockdown has been imposed on the main campus of the University of Virginia as police claimed to be conducting a ‘complete’ check of the building.
Expect more law enforcement presence, according to the police.
In a letter to the community at roughly 4 am, University of Virginia President James E. Ryan confirmed the fatalities and expressed his “heartbreak” at learning that three persons had died in the incident.
Later, a Virginia state police aircraft was among the law enforcement agencies actively looking for the suspect, according to a Tweet from the UVA emergency account. The follow-up message reaffirmed the threat and weaponry of the suspect.
Update: President Jim Ryan delivered the following message to the University community at 4 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 14:
I am writing to provide an update to the various community safety alerts the University has issued over the last several hours.
Around 10:30 p.m. last night, there was a shooting on Grounds. One of our students, Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., is suspected to have committed the shooting. The suspect remains at large and is considered armed and dangerous. Multiple law enforcement agencies are coordinating to find and apprehend him. He was last seen wearing a burgundy jacket, blue jeans, and red shoes, and he may be driving a black SUV with VA license plate number TWX3580. First and foremost, please continue to follow the guidance you receive though the UVA alert system, which is currently to shelter in place.
As of this writing, I am heartbroken to report that the shooting has resulted in three fatalities; two additional victims were injured and are receiving medical care. We are working closely with the families of the victims, and we will share additional details as soon as we are able. Our University Police Department has joined forces with other law enforcement agencies to apprehend the suspect, and we will keep our community apprised of developments as the situation evolves.
This is a message any leader hopes never to have to send, and I am devastated that this violence has visited the University of Virginia. This is a traumatic incident for everyone in our community, and we have cancelled classes for today (Monday, Nov. 14). At this point only designated essential employees should report to work on Monday (all remote employees should continue to work remotely). If you are unsure of your status, please contact your supervisor.
We will continue to provide updates as the situation unfolds. Please know we have support available if you need it. Students may call Counseling and Psychological Services at 434-243-5150, 24 hours a day. Information about CAPS is available on the Student Health and Wellness website. Faculty and staff can find a similar resource through the Faculty and Employee Assistance Program by calling 434-243-2643 or by emailing the office via the FEAP website.
For those who have questions about these events, including how to establish contact with family members or friends who are here on Grounds, please call the UVA Emergency Hotline at 877-685-4836.
A report that shots had been fired on campus prompted the administration to issue a warning late Sunday night instructing students and staff members to take cover in their current locations. At 10:42 p.m., the university’s emergency management team sent out a notification on Twitter warning of a “active attacker firearm.”
President of the university Jim Ryan tweeted “There has been a shooting on Culbreth Road and the suspect is at large and considered armed and dangerous. Please follow @UVA_EM for updated alerts, as we ask the UVA community to please shelter in place”.
Later on, Ryan disseminated the letter along with the message to the rest of the university community. In it, he expressed his “heartbreak to report that the shooting has resulted in three fatalities,” in addition to stating that two other people were taken to the hospital and treated for injuries that were not specified.
A notification was also put online by the University of Virginia Police Department stating that numerous law enforcement organizations were looking for a suspect who was described as “armed and dangerous.”
Deputy Chief Bryant Hall has provided a description of the suspect. Christopher Darnell Jones, 11/17/99, 5’08, 190 pounds with brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a red jacket blue jeans and red shoes.
In the letter he sent out on Monday morning, Ryan stated that only those employees who had been classified as essential should report for work.
As at the time of this report, there has been neither confirmation nor identification of any victims.
When a university spokesman was called by phone, he didn’t know right away how many people might have been shot or what their conditions were. Family and friends who had questions were told to call the U-Va. Emergency Hotline at 877-685-4836.
We will provide any new information that we have in connection with this occurrence.
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