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3 killed, 2 injured in shooting attack at University of Virginia

Nov. 14, 2022
The three fatalities were members of the university's football team.

Three members of the University of Virginia football team were killed, and two other students were wounded in a shooting attack Sunday night on the Charlottesville campus.

University President James Ryan said Monday that the shooting occurred in a campus parking garage. The victims were on a bus returning from seeing a play in Washington, D.C., on a class field trip. About 25 people were on the bus.

"This is an unimaginably sad day for our community," Ryan said a morning news conference.

The dead students have been identified as Devon Chandler, a second-year student from Virginia Beach, Lavel Davis, a third-year student from Ridgeville, S.C., and D' Sean Perry, a fourth-year student from Miami, Fla.

The two wounded students have been hospitalized; their identities have not been disclosed. One is in critical condition, and one is in good condition, Ryan said.

The suspect in the shooting, Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., 22, has been arrested and charged with three counts of murderThe Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

Jones grew up in Richmond, Va., and played football at two area high schools. According to the university athletic department website, Jones played football for the school in 2018 but didn't appear in any games. 

University of Virginia Police Chief Tim Longo said that the university's threat assessment team had been made aware of Jones because of previous incidents. He reportedly had told someone not affiliated with the university that he had a gun, but Jones' roommate told authorities that he had not seen any weapon. While investigating that incident, police learned that Jones was involved in "a prior criminal incident involving a concealed weapon violation."

Ryan said authorities do not have a clear understanding of the motive for the shooting; the investigation is continuing.

Authorities have lifted the shelter in place order for the Charlottesville campus, but Monday classes have been canceled.

Video: University President James Ryan's news conference:

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