Friday, March 1, 2024

Three Dead, Two Injured In Virginia Campus Shooting

Three people died and two were injured after a shooting at the University of Virginia late Sunday night, according to university President Jim Ryan and campus police.

That University of Virginia Police Department identified the suspect as Christopher Darnell Jones, who is at large and is believed to be armed and dangerous. Ryan said he is a UVA student.

Authorities described Jones as wearing a burgundy jacket or hoodie, blue jeans and red shoes. He may be driving a black SUV with Virginia badges TWX3580.

While law enforcement search for him, people in the area are being asked to take shelter on the spot. If you have any questions, UVA’s emergency hotline is 877-685-4836.

Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares offered his prayers for the UVA family and community and said his office is helping with the investigation.

“The Attorney General’s Office is working with federal and state law enforcement agencies and is actively investigating the case.” Miyares tweeted. “We will provide more information in due course.”

The two US Senators from Virginia also reacted to the shooting.

US Senator Mark Warner said he was thinking of those affected by the “tragic act of violence” at UVA.

“Please continue to follow all instructions from local law enforcement as they continue to coordinate the search for the perpetrator.” Warner tweeted.

US Senator Tim Kaine tweeted that action was needed to make communities safer.

“Heartbroken to hear about another Virginia community devastated by gun violence,” Kaine wrote. “I am praying for the UVA community and am monitoring the situation closely.”

The UVA Police Department said the search for Christopher Jones is ongoing. People on the UVA site should continue to seek shelter in place.

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