Many around the country woke up to tragic news out of Charlottesville, Virginia this morning as three students were shot and killed on campus grounds at the University of Virginia Sunday night.
Three Virginia football players, Lavel Davis Jr., Devin Chandler, and D’Sean Perry were confirmed as those killed Sunday night. Two others were wounded in the shooting, which occurred on a bus returning from a class field trip to Washington D.C.
According to ESPN’s Mark Schlabach, university president James E. Ryan sent out a message to the community at 4 a.m. ET Monday that three people were killed and two others were injured. Ryan wrote that “one of our students, Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., is suspected to have committed the shooting.”
“As of this writing, I am heartbroken to report that the shooting has resulted in three fatalities; two additional victims were injured and are receiving medical care,” Ryan wrote. “We are working closely with the families of the victims, and we will share additional detail as soon as we are able.
“Our University Police Department has joined forces with other law enforcement agencies to apprehend the suspect, and we will keep our community apprised of developments as the situation evolves. 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 Police tweeted Monday morning that they were searching for Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. and posted a picture of the former Virginia football player.
Jones is now confirmed to be in custody as the story continues to develop. At this point in time, police have not offered a motive for the shooting or any other details at this time.
This is a developing story and will be updated as details emerge.