A gunman killed three people and wounded two others on the main campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville on Sunday, and the suspect, identified as a student, remains at large, university president Jim Ryan said. in a statement released this Monday (14).
People were advised to take shelter at the site around 10:40 pm local time after a reported shooting on Culbreth Road, according to the University of Virginia Police Department. The site remains in lockdown while authorities search for the suspect.
The suspect, identified by police as Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., is believed to be armed and dangerous. He is described as wearing a burgundy jacket with blue jeans and red shoes, and may be driving a black SUV, according to police.
The two injured are receiving medical care, Ryan said, adding that he was devastated “that this violence happened at the University of Virginia.” Monday’s classes have been cancelled.
University officials did not identify the victims or state whether they were students.
Authorities said Monday morning that several police departments are actively looking for Jones, including the use of a Virginia State Police helicopter.
Jones is listed on the university’s athletics website as a football player in 2018, who as a freshman did not participate in any games.
THE CNN contacted campus police for more information.
The university’s vice president and director of student affairs, Robyn S. Hadley, told students to “take seriously the commands to seek shelter at the site as the situation remains active.”
“We’ve all received multiple curfew texts on the spot, and they’re scary,” Hadley said in an email to the student body.
“I’m on the ground like many of you; I am sheltered on site and in direct contact with university leadership and the UPD… If you are not sheltered and safe, seek security immediately,” Hadley said, adding that multiple law enforcement jurisdictions were working to locate the suspect.
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
Source: CNN Brasil
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