Around 10:30 p.m. Sunday shots were fired in the Culbreth parking garage. Early Monday morning, UVA police said three people were killed, and two others were injured in the shooting. An active manhunt at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville on Monday morning cancelled classes. Former football player Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., a UVA student, was named as the suspect. While in high school, Jones was Key Club president and a member of the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society. Armed and dangerous, he is described by police as a Black male last seen wearing a burgundy jacket or hoodie, blue jeans and red shoes, possibly driving a Black SUV with the Virginia tag TWX3580. Anyone who sees Jones is asked to call 911 immediately and not approach him.
Students and faculty were instructed to remain sheltered in place. Multiple agencies, including a Virginia State Police helicopter, are actively searching for the suspect. “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,” UVA President Jim Ryan wrote. Anyone who sees Jones is asked to call 911 immediately and not approach him. University officials have not identified the victims or said whether they were students. The City of Charlottesville and the surrounding Albemarle County canceled classes at their public schools on Monday.