Suspect captured after University of Virginia shooting

The crime scene where 3 people were killed and 2 others wounded is shown on the grounds of the University of Virginia on November 14, 2022 in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The crime scene where 3 people were killed and 2 others wounded is shown on the grounds of the University of Virginia on November 14, 2022 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Photo credit Getty Images

An overnight manhunt has ended with a suspect in custody following a shooting at the University of Virginia on Sunday evening that left three football players dead and two others wounded.

According to the university, the shooting happened around 10:30 p.m. on UVA's campus in Charlottesville, triggering a "shelter in place" warning.

University police identified the suspect as Christopher Darnell Jones. Just after 11:30 a.m. Monday, police confirmed Jones was in custody. Other details surrounding his capture were not immediately provided.

Early Monday morning, police said a complete search was being conducted for Jones on and around campus grounds. After nearly 12 hours on lockdown, the shelter in place order was lifted around 10:30 a.m. "based upon a thorough search on and around the grounds," police said.

"Multiple police agencies, including the Virginia State Police helicopter, are actively searching for the suspect," UVA police tweeted several times throughout the night.

Authorities say Jones opened fire inside a bus full of students returning from a field trip Sunday night, WTTG-TV reported. Three people were killed and two others were injured. The bus was on school grounds, near the Culbreth parking garage, when the shooting happened.

A motive is not clear.

Officials confirmed the students killed were all members of the Virginia football team, The Daily Progress reported. They were identified as wide receiver Devin Chandler, linebacker and defensive end D’Sean Perry, and wide receiver Lavel Davis Jr.

The two injured students are hospitalized; one is in good condition and the other is in critical condition, per WTTG. Both are also said to be football players.

UVA President Jim Ryan issued a statement early Monday, saying he was heartbroken following the shooting.

"I am devestated that this violence has visited the University of Virginia. This is a traumatic incident for everyone in our community," he said. "I am holding the victims, their families, and all members of the University of Virginia community in my heart today."

All classes have been canceled Monday and only designated essential employees have been instructed to report.

Jones, a student at the school, is said to be a former UVA football player; the victims, once his teammates. He's reportedly facing multiple counts of second-degree murder and handgun charges.

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