University of Virginia shooting suspect was arrested in Henrico County  | #schoolshooting


This is continuing coverage of a shooting that killed three at the University of Virginia Sunday night. 

The suspect in Sunday’s shooting that killed three at the University of Virginia was arrested in Henrico County, police said Monday.

The arrest was just before 11 a.m. in the 5700 block of Edgelawn Street, police said.

The area is a residential neighborhood off of Darbytown Road.

Police in a statement said Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. was taken into custody “without incident.” 

They’re asking for anyone with information to call police at (434) 924-7166.

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Gov. Glenn Youngkin, at Virginia State University for a naturalization ceremony, noted that the suspect had been apprehended and the lockdown lifted.

“Right now our job is to support and comfort the families, students who were injured, the whole UVa and Charlottesville community,” he said, adding that he is heartbroken by the tragedy.

“This is something you pray never happens,” he said.

Youngkin said it was important that people paid attention and followed instructions to shelter in place.

The shooting that left three University of Virginia students dead late Sunday happened on a charter bus that had returned from Washington, D.C., for a field trip, officials said. 

University of Virginia Police Chief Tim Longo is told about the arrest of Christopher Darnell Jones, who authorities say fatally shot three on Sunday. 


Two other people were wounded. University President Jim Ryan during a press conference Monday said one was in critical condition and the other was in good condition.

Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. was arrested Monday. He attended Petersburg High School, where he played running back and linebacker positions. 

He has been charged with three counts of murder and three counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony.

University of Virginia shooting suspect Christopher Darnell Jones is in custody, officials said Monday. 

Jones has been charged with three counts of second-degree murder. Officials announced the arrested during a press conference, but not say where the arrest was. 

The shooter had previously been reported to the student threat assessment by someone who he told he had a gun, officials said. 

UVA President Jim Ryan also confirmed Devin Chandler, D’Sean Perry and Lavel Davis Jr. were killed in Sunday night’s shooting. 

“This is a sad, shocking and tragic day for our UVA community,” he said. 

The Wisconsin State Journal is reporting a victim in the University of Virginia shooting is Devin Chandler. 

Chandler, a wide receiver and Huntersville, North Carolina, native, previously played for the University of Wisconsin.

The University of Virginia has lifted its order directing students to shelter in place, almost 12 hours after it was implemented. No arrest has been announced. Authorities identified Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. as a suspect. 

At 10:34, university officials sent an alert to students, telling them they could leave their rooms after a thorough search on and around campus. 

“A large police presence will remain,” the alert stated. 

Classes were canceled Monday. 

Virginia wide receiver Lavel Davis Jr. was one of two football players shot and killed Sunday night, according to a Tweet from his cousin, Newberry College assistant football coach Sean Lampkin.



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Police suspect former UVa football player Chris Jones of killing three people, including Davis and linebacker D’Sean Perry, at a parking deck on the school’s campus.

Read more about Davis here.

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D’ Sean Perry, a linebacker and defensive end for the University of Virginia football team, is one of three people shot dead at Culbreth Garage on UVa Central Grounds at the University of Virginia Sunday night, Perry’s father Sean Perry confirmed Monday morning.

D’ Sean Perry, who was 6’3″ tall and weighed 230 pounds, made two tackles in Saturday’s University of Virginia’s game against Pittsburgh. Today, his parents are flying in from his hometown of Miami.

UVa President Jim Ryan said in an email to the community early Monday morning that three students had been killed in the Sunday night shooting. The names of the two other victims who were killed are not available at this time, nor are the names of the two victims who lived.

The shooter is still at large, and several law enforcement agencies are looking for him. He is considered armed and dangerous.

Classes are cancelled today, Ryan said in his letter.

“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,” Ryan wrote. “This is a traumatic incident for everyone in our community and we have cancelled classes for today (Monday, Nov. 14.)”

– Sydney Shuler, The Daily Progress



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MIKE KROPF, THE DAILY PROGRESS A Louisa County K-9 unit walks across campus during an active shooter situation at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Mike Kropf)


CHARLOTTESVILLE — Three people have been killed and two others were wounded in a shooting late Sunday at the University of Virginia, according to the school’s president. Police are searching for a suspect, who remains at large.

The shooting at around 10:30 p.m. Sunday “resulted in three fatalities; two additional victims were injured and are receiving medical care,” President Jim Ryan said in a letter to the university community posted on social media.

The university’s emergency management issued an alert on Sunday night notifying the campus community of an “active attacker firearm.” The message warned students to shelter in place following a report of shots fired on Culbreth Road on the campus.



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UVA linebacker D’Sean Perry.


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The UVA Police Department posted a notice online saying multiple police agencies including the state police were searching for a suspect who was considered “armed and dangerous.”

Ryan’s letter confirmed the suspect was still at large.

“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,” Ryan wrote. “This is a traumatic incident for everyone in our community and we have cancelled classes for today (Monday, Nov. 14.)”



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Perry


A shooting occurred late Sunday night on the campus of the University of Virginia. UVa policed identified a suspect, Christopher Darnell Jones.

Jones reportedly grew up in Richmond and played football at two area high schools.

At 10:42 p.m., the university’s emergency management Twitter account reported “ACTIVE ATTACKER firearm reported in area of Culbreth Road. RUN HIDE FIGHT.”

Bethanie Glover said students should continue to shelter in place. Glover had no further information at this time.


As of 3 a.m. authorities had not released word about any potential injuries or fatalities. Multiple police agencies, including a Virginia State Police helicopter, were searching for the suspect.

Culbreth Road is on the north end of campus near the school’s theater. 

Around 10:15 p.m., UVa sophomore Em Gunter, 19, was watching a lecture in her dormitory when she heard six gunshots ring out. Gunter lives in the International Residential College, and she can see Culbreth Road from her window. 

She sent a message to the 350 other residents in her building and told them to stay inside. She continued to hunker down in her room with friends, who felt terrified.

“I just have no words,” Gunter said. “This is insane.” 

For 10 years, Gunter lived in Southwest Virginia, where the 2007 mass shooting at Virginia Tech remains in the forefront of people’s minds. 

Police SUV turns up Culbreth Road in Charlottesville


“April 16 was a solemn day for us,” she said.

The emergency management department reported Jones as the suspect Sunday evening, describing him as a Black male, wearing a burgundy jacket, blue jeans and red shoes. Police said he might be driving a black sport utility vehicle with Virginia plates TWX-3580.

UVa police said he is considered armed and dangerous and advised residents to shelter in place and reach out to family and friends. 

According to the UVa athletic department website, Jones played football for the school in 2018 but didn’t appear in any games. 

He grew up in the Essex Village and Mosby Court housing complexes in Richmond, according to a 2018 Richmond Times-Dispatch story. He was smart and quiet, a relative said.



Shooting scene




“When I come into the classrooms, everything flowed,” Jones said at the time.

According to the story, Jones’ father left the family when he was little, and Jones got in fights at school, leading to suspensions.

He played football at Varina and Petersburg High Schools and graduated from Petersburg in 2018.

Robyn S. Hadley, dean of students, emailed the UVa community early Monday morning. She told students she, too, was on campus and sheltering in place. 

“Please, please take the shelter in place commands seriously as the situation remains active,” she wrote. 

UVa asked friends and family with questions to call an emergency hotline at (877) 685-4836.



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Louisa County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit on the scene of a shooting investigation in Charlottesville on Sunday. 




Since 2002, there have been at least 14 incidents of gunfire on Virginia college campuses, according to news reports and data compiled by the nonprofit Everytown for Gun Safety. 

Everytown, which supports gun control, has tallied more than 200 shootings on or near colleges and 400 at K-12 schools in the United States since 2013.

Earlier this year, two Bridgewater College officers were fatally shot on campus. A man from Hanover County has been charged with their killings. In 2021, a VCU student, Cody Woodson, and a 17-year-old male were shot and killed on the same block adjacent to VCU’s campus on back-to-back days. 

– Eric Kolenich, Richmond Times-Dispatch



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Charlottesville police block off Culbreth Road.








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