There are reports of an active shooter at the University of Virginia
The suspect is Christopher Darnell Jones: “The UVA Police Department is looking for Christopher Darnell Jones regarding the shooting incident that occurred on the grounds of the University of Virginia. Call 911 if seen, do not approach,” police wrote. He remains at large in the early morning hours of November 14, 2022.
The situation at the campus in Charlottesville is still unfolding. It broke out just after 11:30 p.m. on the east coast. Police had yet to confirm whether anyone was shot and killed. They also had not released a motive.
“UVA Alert: ACTIVE ATTACKER firearm reported in area of Culbreth Road. RUN HIDE FIGHT,” the university’s emergency management department tweeted.
Here’s what you need to know:
A Suspect Description Was Released
The dean of students warned students in an email that Jones is armed and dangerous. Students were told to shelter in place while police sought for Jones, who also goes by the name Chris Jones.
The emergency management department tweeted out a suspect description: “UVA Alert: SUSPECT IS DESCRIBED AS A BLACK MALE, WEARING A BURGANDY JACKET OR HOODIE, BLUE JEANS, AND RED SHOES.”
They wrote: “UPDATE ON CULBRETH RD: 1 SUSPECT IS AT LARGE, CONSIDERED ARMED & DANGEROUS. CONTINUE TO SHELTER IN PLACE. REACH OUT TO FRIENDS & FAMILY TO ADVISE OF STATUS.”
The motive is not yet clear. It’s also not clear whether anyone was injured or whether there are any fatalities. The circumstances of the shooting have not been released.
Fox3 Now is reporting that there are “possible fatalities.”
Jones’ football bio says that he did not appear in any games for the University of Virginia, although he was on the 2018 roster.
However, the bio says he was a high-achieving high school student, both on the field and off. He was 5 foot 9 inches tall and 195 pounds as a freshman.
The bio reads:
Played linebacker and running back at Petersburg High School for head coach Michael Scott … earned honorable mention all-conference honors as a senior … spent first three years of high school at Varina High School where he earned honorable mention all-conference as a freshman and second-team accolades as a sophomore and junior … member of the National Honor Society … National Technical Honor Society … president of Key Club … president of Jobs for Virginia Grads Program … named Student of the Year as a freshman and sophomore at Varina … son of Margo Ellis and Christopher Jones, Sr. … has three siblings, Eliza, Darrius and Varian.
Frightened Parents & Students Posted on Social Media
A parent wrote on Twitter, “My daughter is currently safe at The University of Virginia—sheltering in place in her apartment. We have heard there are multiple student deaths. Please pray they find the shooter. 🙏🏻”
Authorities have not yet confirmed the death count, if any.
Authorities are posting alerts and updates on the emergency management page for the university, which you can find here.
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