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.
Update: UPD reported shooting resulted in 3 fatalities. 2 add'l victims are injured. Refer to UVA email and social media for more information. Shelter in place.
— UVA Police Department (@UVAPolice) November 14, 2022
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.”
As of this writing, the shooting has claimed three lives; two additional victims were hurt and are currently receiving medical attention, Ryan added in the statement.
The victims’ identities and staff or student status have not been released by the authorities.
Ryan stated, “We are collaborating closely with the relatives of the victims and we will share further information as soon as we can. “I am sorry that the violence has reached the University of Virginia,” said the leader, “this is a message any leader hopes to never have to give.”
He also made a statement regarding the cancellation of Monday’s classes.
I have the victims, their families, and the entire University of Virginia community in my thoughts and prayers.”