Authorities say the suspect in the University of Virginia shooting that killed three members of the football team has been arrested.
The suspect in Sunday night’s shooting has been identified as Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. The three players who died have been confirmed as Lavel Davis Jr., Devin Chandler and D’Sean Perry, according to multiple reports.
Two others were injured in the shooting, which happened on a bus of students returning from an off-campus trip.
Classes at the university were canceled on Monday, following Sunday night’s violence, and in a letter to the university posted on social media, University of Virginia President Jim Ryan said the shooting took place around 22:30 on Sunday.
The university’s emergency management issued an alert Sunday night notifying the campus community of an “active assault firearm.” The message warned students to shelter in place after a report of shots fired on Culbreth Road, just north of campus.
Access to the scene of the shooting was blocked by police vehicles Monday morning. Officials urged students to shelter in place and helicopters could be heard overhead as some traffic and dog walkers moved around the campus.
The UVA Police Department posted an online notice saying multiple law enforcement agencies, including state police, were searching for a suspect who was considered “armed and dangerous.”
In his letter to the campus, the university’s president said Jones was suspected of having committed the shooting and was a student.
“This is a message any leader hopes to never have to send, and I am devastated that such violence has visited the University of Virginia,” Ryan wrote. “This is a traumatic incident for everyone in our community.”
Eva Surovell, 21, editor-in-chief of the student newspaper The Cavalier Daily, said that after students received an alert about an active shooter Sunday night, she ran to the parking lot, only to find it blocked off. by police When he went to a nearby intersection, he was told to take shelter instead.
“A police officer told me the shooter was nearby and I needed to get home as soon as possible,” he said.
He waited with other reporters, hoping to get more details, then went back to his room to start working on the story. The gravity of the situation sunk in.
“My generation is definitely one that grew up with widespread gun violence, but that doesn’t make it any easier when it’s your own community,” he said.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said officers were responding to the campus to assist in the investigation.
The Virginia shooting came as police were investigating the deaths of four University of Idaho students found Sunday in a home near campus. Officers with the Moscow Police Department discovered the deaths when they responded to a report of an unconscious person shortly before noon, according to a city news release. Authorities have described the deaths as suspected homicides, but have not released further details, including the cause of death.
On April 16, 2007, another Virginia university was the scene of what was then one of the deadliest shootings in US history. Twenty-seven students and five faculty at Virginia Tech were gunned down by Seung-Hui Cho, a 23-year-old mentally ill student who later died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Report from The Associated Press.
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