CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP/WSPA) — A suspect is in custody after three people were killed and two others were wounded in a shooting late Sunday at the University of Virginia, according to the University of Virginia Police Department.
UVA Police said at a press conference Monday that Christopher Darnell Jones was arrested and charged with three counts of second-degree murder.
The shooting, which happened at around 10:30 p.m. Sunday, “resulted in three fatalities; two additional victims were injured and are receiving medical care,” President Jim Ryan said in a letter to the university community posted on social media.
Lavel Davis Jr., Devin Chandler, and D’Sean Perry, all members of the University of Virginia football team, were identified as the three victims killed.
Davis Jr. was a former athlete at Woodland High School in Dorchester County. His cousin, a current coach on the staff at Newberry College, confirmed the news on Twitter.
The university’s emergency management issued an alert notifying the campus community of an “active attacker firearm.” The message warned students to shelter in place following a report of shots fired on Culbreth Road on the campus.
The UVA Police Department posted an update to social media early Monday morning, stating they were looking for Jones, a university student who was listed as being a member of the Cavaliers’ football team in 2018.
“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,” Ryan wrote. “This is a traumatic incident for everyone in our community and we have cancelled classes for today (Monday, Nov. 14.)”