3 dead, 2 injured at University of Virginia shooting, suspect in custody

The suspected shooter, Christopher Darnell Jones, is in the custody of the University of Virginia police.

 University of Virginia in Charlottesville (Illustrative). (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
University of Virginia in Charlottesville (Illustrative).
(photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Three people have been killed and two injured at the University of Virginia Charlottesville campus due to a shooting situation that has put the campus on lockdown, university president Jim Ryan announced.

University police said the suspect, student Christopher Darnell Jones, was in custody hours after the shooting that unfolded at 10:30 p.m. on Sunday at the school in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The University of Virginia Police Department and the university itself identified the suspect as Christopher Darnell Jones and warned civilians not to approach him and to call 911 if they spot him. They also said he may be driving a black SUV with Virginia tags and a license plate reading TWX3580.

Jones is also likely a former football player for the university, having been on the team as a freshman in 2018 but never playing in any games, according to Virginia Sports. However, it is unclear if he is still enrolled.

All three casualties in the shooting were reportedly identified as part of the University of Virginia's football team. The athletes who were killed in the shooting are D'Sean Perry, Lavel Davis and Devin Chandler.

An emergency hotline was established

The university has established an emergency hotline at 877-685-4836 for friends and family with questions about the ongoing situation.

Due to the shooting, Ryan announced that all classes at the University of Virginia have been canceled for Monday, and only designated essential workers should still report for work. All remote work will proceed as normal.

This is a developing story.