3 dead, shooter still at large

Three people were killed and two others were injured in the shooting at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, United States, when a former student opened fire.

According to university president James Ryan, the shooter remains at large and the facility has remained on lockdown while the search continues.

Authorities identified the suspect as Christopher Darnell Jones Jr; wearing blue jeans, red shoes and a burgundy jacket. He may be driving a black SUV.

The UVA Police Department said multiple agencies within the police department, including state police, “are actively searching for the suspect; the suspect is armed and dangerous.”

Witnesses on campus reported the shooting at 10:30 p.m. Sunday local time (5:30 a.m. Monday SST).

Shots were fired in the Culbreth parking lot, followed by a campus-wide alert calling for residents to take shelter.

University police said they are looking for Christopher Darnell Jones Jr in connection with the shooting.

Jones was a former UVA football player in 2018 during his freshman year, but did not play in any games.

As reported New York TimesRyan said classes would be canceled while they are “working closely with the families of the victims.”

“This is a message that any leader hopes to never have to send, and I am devastated that this violence has visited the University of Virginia,” Ryan said in an email.

Shelter-in-place commands remain active, and UVA’s vice president and director of student affairs, Robyn Hadley, said the alerts “are terrifying.”

Hadley’s email reads: “I’m on the same grounds as many of you; I am a refugee on the spot and in direct contact with the management of the University and the UPD”.

“If you are not inside and safe, seek safety immediately,” Hadley added.

Jones opened fire near the School of Architecture on the northwest side of campus.

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