Gunman sought after three killed, two wounded at University of Virginia
Three people were killed and two more were injured at the University of Virginia early on Monday, prompting the campus community in Charlottesville to take cover. A student gunman is still on the loose.
The suspect, Christopher Darnell Jones, was described as “armed and dangerous” by university police, who also recommended employees and students to remain indoors.
UVA police reported that shots were fired in the vicinity of Culbreth Road on university property at about 10:30 p.m.
“UVA Alert: Firearm used by ACTIVE ATTACKER reported near Culbreth Road. About ten minutes later, the department tweeted, “RUN HIDE FIGHT.
Jones is a student at the university, according to a statement released by University President Jim Ryan on Monday.
He wrote that the suspect may be traveling in a black SUV with the Virginia license plate number TWX3580, adding that “multiple law enforcement agencies are coordinating to find and apprehend him.”
I’m devastated to announce that the shooting has claimed three lives as of this writing; two additional victims were hurt and are receiving medical attention,” Ryan wrote in the post.
The victims’ identities and staff or student status have not been released by the authorities.
Ryan stated, “We are collaborating closely with the families of the victims and we will share more information as soon as we can. “I am devastated that the violence has reached the University of Virginia,” said the leader, “this is a message any leader hopes to never have to send.”
He also made a statement regarding the cancellation of Monday’s classes.
We will arrange to gather as a community to grieve as soon as the suspect is caught, he continued, “and I am holding the victims, their families, and all members of the University of Virginia community in my heart today.
At around 6:30 a.m., campus police issued an alarm. Police are conducting a “full search on and around UVA premises,” according to a statement made on Monday.
The department further stated to “REMAIN SHELTERED IN PLACE.”
The campus police described the suspect as a black male wearing a burgundy jacket, blue jeans, and red shoes.