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 at the school — said in a statement released Monday by university President Jim Ryan.
The University of Virginia Police Department tweeted that the campus was advised to shelter in place following the shooting on Culbreath Road at 10:40 p.m. It is locked down as authorities search for the suspect.
The suspect, later identified by police as Christopher Darnell Jones, Jr., is believed to be armed and dangerous. He is wearing a burgundy jacket with blue jeans and red shoes, and police say he may be driving a black SUV.
Authorities said Monday morning that multiple police departments were actively searching for Jones, including using a Virginia State Police helicopter.
Jones is listed University Athletics website As a football player in 2018, did not participate in any games as a freshman. It is unclear if he is still a student at UVA.
CNN reached out to campus police for more information.
UVA Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer Robyn S. Hadley told students to “take the shelter in command seriously because the situation is dynamic.”
“We’ve all received so many shelter texts that they’re scary,” Hadley said An email to UVA’s student body.
“I am fundamentally like many of you; I remain in direct contact with university leadership and UPD … If you are not inside and safe, seek protection immediately,” Hadley said, adding that multiple police jurisdictions are working to locate the suspect.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
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