Three dead and two injured at University of Virginia, shooter still at large
A student who opened fire at the University of Virginia remained free early Monday, November 14.
The shooter killed three people and injured two others, leading the school community at the college’s Charlottesville campus to shelter in place.
University police said the suspect, identified as Christopher Darnell Jones (pictured above), should be considered ‘armed and dangerous’ and advised students and staff to stay indoors
Gunshots rang out in the Culbreth Road area of university grounds, UVA police said at around 10:30 p.m. on Sunday November 13.
“UVA alert: ACTIVE ATTACKER firearm reported in Culbreth Road area. RUN HIDE FIGHT,” the department tweeted about 10 minutes later.
University President Jim Ryan said in a statement Monday morning that Jones was a student at the school.
“Multiple law enforcement agencies are coordinating to locate and apprehend him,” he wrote, saying the suspect may have been driving a black SUV with Virginia license plate number TWX3580.
“As of this writing, I am heartbroken to report that the shooting left three people dead; two other victims were injured and are receiving medical attention,” Ryan said in the post.
Authorities have not identified the victims or said whether they were students or staff.
“We are working closely with the families of the victims and will share additional details as soon as we can,” Ryan said.
“It’s a message any leader hopes they never have to send, and I’m devastated that the violence has made it to the University of Virginia.”
He also announced that classes have been canceled for Monday.
“I carry the victims, their families, and all members of the University of Virginia community in my heart today, and we will make plans to come together as a community to mourn as soon as the suspect is apprehended,” he added.
The suspect was described as a black male wearing a burgundy jacket, blue jeans and red shoes, according to campus cops.