According to the University of Virginia’s president, a shooting at a parking garage left three individuals dead and two more injured. On Monday, authorities searched for a student who was a suspect.
A shooting occurred at about 10:30 p.m. In a statement to the university community shared on social media, President Jim Ryan stated that the incident on Sunday “resulted in three fatalities; two additional victims were injured and are undergoing medical care.”
He named Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. as the suspect.
Following reports of gunfire on Culbreth Road, on the northern edge of campus, emergency management for the university sent out a message Sunday night warning the school community of an “active assailant firearm” and advising students to take cover.
On Monday morning, there didn’t seem to be many, if any, people on campus, giving the area an oddly empty appearance.
The UVA Police Department said online that the state police and other law enforcement agencies were looking for a suspect who was “armed and dangerous.”
The university president wrote to the campus that Jones was thought to have perpetrated the shooting.
According to the campus emergency management Twitter account, he is believed to be driving a black SUV with Virginia license plates, wearing blue trousers and a burgundy jacket.
Just before 7 a.m., according to the university’s emergency management Twitter account. Monday, that law police conducted “a comprehensive search on and surrounding UVA Grounds” and advised students to stay indoors.
Agents were claimed to be coming to the school to help with the investigation, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
The suspect, who Ryan claimed to be a student, was still at large as of Monday morning, according to Ryan’s letter.
Ryan wrote, “I am heartbroken that this violence has visited the University of Virginia. This is a message every leader hopes never to have to communicate.”
“Everyone in our community is affected by this horrific tragedy.”