The University of Virginia remained under lockdown early Monday, hours after three people were killed and two injured in a shooting near a parking garage on campus, authorities said.
A search was underway for the suspect, who university President Jim Ryan said was a student at the elite, 22,000-student school.
“At this time law enforcement are doing a complete search on and around the UVA grounds,” the UVA Police Department tweeted Monday. “Remain sheltered in place.”
Police said a shooting was reported at about 10:40 pm Sunday on the northern edge of the 2,000-acre campus, tweeting: “UVA Alert: ACTIVE ATTACKER firearm reported in area of Culbreth Road. RUN HIDE FIGHT.”
Authorities were searching for Christopher Darnell Jones and said he was considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who saw him was advised to call 911 – and not to approach him.
Multiple police agencies were searching on the ground and from a helicopter. Authorities said Jones may be driving a black SUV.
A photo of Jones tweeted by UVA police also appears on virginiasports.com, where Jones was listed on the UVA football team roster in 2018. His profile says he is from Petersburg, Va.
Ryan said counseling and psychological services would be made available to students. Classes were canceled Monday.
“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,” Ryan wrote in an open letter shared on Twitter. “This is a traumatic incident for everyone in our community.”
Gov. Glenn Youngkin said State Police were coordinating with local authorities. He said he and his wife, Suzanne, were “praying for the UVA community.”
UVA shooting victims
Ryan said the shooter was a student, but the identities of the victims were not immediately released.
“We are working closely with the families of the victims and we will share additional details as soon as we are able,” Ryan said.
Where is UVA located?
The university is in Charlottesville, about 115 miles southwest of Washington and 70 miles west of the state capital of Richmond. The school was founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson, whose Monticello estate sits a couple miles off campus.
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