Charlottesville, VA – Three people were killed and two other victims were wounded after a gunman opened fire on the University of Virginia (UVA) campus on Sunday night.
Police said the shooter, who is allegedly a UVA student, remained on the loose on Monday morning, WTOP reported.
He has been identified as Christopher Darnell Jones, UVA President Jim Ryan said in an alert to the university community issued at approximately 4 a.m. on Nov. 14.
Jones was last seen wearing blue jeans, red shoes, and a burgundy jacket, WTOP reported.
He may be driving a black SUV with the Virginia license plate of TWX3580.
Update—Here is a description of the suspect from UVA police Deputy Chief Bryant Hall
11/17/99 508 190 pounds brown eyes. Christopher Darnell jones
Last seen wearing a red jacket blue jeans and red shoes @NBC29 #uva #uvapolice #breakingnews @UVAPolice pic.twitter.com/PSzbpHdBkE
— Anahita Jafary (@anahitajafary_) November 14, 2022
Ryan advised the university community that classes were canceled for Monday and that students should continue to shelter in place while the search for Jones continued, WTOP reported.
The deadly attack occurred at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 13.
“The suspect remains at large and is considered armed and dangerous,” Ryan wrote. “Multiple law enforcement agencies are coordinating to find and apprehend him.”
The UVA Police Department is looking for Christopher Darnell Jones regarding the shooting incident that occurred on the grounds of the University of Virginia. Call 911 if seen, do not approach. pic.twitter.com/mKcxF6ksxw
— UVA Police Department (@UVAPolice) November 14, 2022
The University of Virginia Police Department (UVAPD) issued regular updates on Twitter throughout Sunday night and Monday morning instructing the university community to “remain sheltered in place.”
UVA Emergency management said the shooting occurred at Culbreth Garage.
UVA Alert: Shots fired reported at Culbreth Garage. Follow fire/police direction. If possible, avoid the area.
— UVA Emergency Management (@UVA_EM) November 14, 2022
A motive for the mass shooting was not immediately released.
Police have not released the identities of the victims, but the family of UVA linebacker and defensive end D’Sean Perry identified him as one of the people who was fatally shot, the Bristol Herald Courier reported.
Such horrible news: Virginia LB D'Sean Perry among 3 killed Sunday night at Virginia, @RTDNEWS reports
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 14, 2022
I loved Lavel Davis.
Just a great kid. Wanted to be a great football player. Fought so hard to overcome an injury and get back on the field.
D’Sean Perry was a rising star. He had a chance to be special too.
Prayers to the families of these kids. Praying hard for everyone. 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/Ym9eCOLYj4
— John Vogel (@DraftVogel) November 14, 2022
WE ARE ALL UVA !!!!! Pray for the families and loved ones of D’Sean Perry , Lavell Davis Jr and Devin Chandler. They have been confirmed as the 3 fatalities. Please Jesus give them the strength that passes all understanding!!! @UVA @UVAFootball
— @AllThingsUVA (@jeffbowab) November 14, 2022
According to a 2018 roster, Jones was a former member of the UVA football team, but he never played a game, FOX News reported.
This morning, Suzanne and I are praying for the UVA community. Virginia State Police is fully coordinating with UVA police department and local authorities. Please shelter in place while the authorities work to locate the suspect.
— Governor Glenn Youngkin (@GovernorVA) November 14, 2022
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