Three Killed, Two Hurt in University of Virginia Shooting; Manhunt for Suspect Continues
BREAKING NEWS |Taniesa L. Sullivan | The Weekly Ledger News | WWBT/ Gray News
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - A manhunt continues after a shooting at the University of Virginia left three people dead and injured two others.
Police with the University of Virginia said the shooting took place at a parking garage on campus just after 10:30 p.m. Sunday.
The search for the suspect is ongoing, and people on campus are continuing to shelter in place.
PHOTO: University of Virginia.
“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,” President Jim Ryan said in a letter posted to social media. “This is a traumatic incident for everyone in our community.”
Ryan’s letter confirmed that the suspect, who he said was a student, was still at large Monday morning.
PHOTO: 22-year-old Christopher Darnell Jones Jr.
The suspect has been identified by law enforcement as 22-year-old Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. a black male that has ties to the Jefferson County area in Alabama. Jones was last seen wearing a burgundy jacket, blue jeans, and red shoes. He may be driving a black SUV with Virginia tag TWX3580.
Multiple law enforcement agencies said they are coordinating to find and apprehend Jones, who was listed as a member of the UVA football team in 2018.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives said agents were responding to the campus to assist in the investigation.
WWBT reports that none of the victims have been identified.
Police said the suspect is at large and considered to be armed and dangerous.
“A complete search on and around UVA Grounds” by law enforcement was underway, the university’s police department Twitter account said, and they urged people on campus to remain sheltered.
Classes for Monday have been canceled. Nearby school districts have also canceled classes.
Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin has released a statement sending his thoughts and prayers to the UVA community.