In connection with the deadly shooting, the authorities stated that they were searching for student Christopher Darnell Jones, who was regarded to be “armed and dangerous.”
Three individuals were killed and at least two more were injured as a result of a shooting at the University of Virginia on Sunday. The incident sparked a manhunt for a suspect on Monday and prompted warnings for students to “hide in place” or “RUN HIDE FIGHT.”
At approximately 10:30 o’clock in the evening, reports of gunfire were first made at a parking garage located on Culbreth Road, close to the school’s drama building. Sunday, according to a tweet sent out by the Office of Emergency Management at the University of Virginia.
“I am heartbroken to learn that the shooting has resulted in three fatalities,” Jim Ryan, the president of the university, stated later in an email to students after the incident. “I am heartbroken to report that the shooting took place.” He also said that two other people were hurt in the incident and are now getting medical care.
“This is a message that any leader hopes they will never have to give, and I am horrified that this violence has visited the University of Virginia,” said Ryan. “I am heartbroken that this violence has struck the University of Virginia.” He told everyone that there would be no classes on Monday and that only people who were needed would be expected to come to work.
Christopher Darnell Jones is wanted by the authorities in connection with the shooting that resulted in the deaths of multiple people, as stated by the authorities. In his message, Ryan referred to Jones as “one of our kids.”
In a tweet that included a picture of Jones, the University of Virginia Police Department issued a warning, urging people to “Call 911 if seen, do not approach.”
The same photograph is used for Jones’s profile in a football roster for the 2018 season that is available on the official website of the University of Virginia Cavaliers. According to the information provided in the profile, Jones did not take part in any of the contests that were held during that season.
At an early stage of the crisis, the emergency management office of the university and the institution’s police department sent warnings to students, instructing them to “RUN HIDE FIGHT” or “shelter in place.”
The emergency management office of the institution stated that the suspect was last seen wearing a burgundy jacket, blue trousers, and red shoes. They also mentioned that the individual may be driving a black SUV.
In a further update that was made available at approximately 2:55 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, the university’s emergency management officials stated that various agencies, including a helicopter belonging to the Virginia State Police, were still looking for the suspect.
In addition to its repeated requests for homeowners to remain in their homes as authorities searched for the suspect, the office issued a warning stating that the individual was still thought to be “armed and dangerous.”
Robyn S. Hadley, the vice president and dean of students at the University of Virginia, stated in an email that was sent out to students that they had all received many messages instructing them to “shelter in place,” and that these texts were alarming. “I am on Grounds like many of you; I am sheltering in place and in close touch with University leadership and UPD,” one student wrote on Facebook. “I am on Grounds like many of you.”
Hadley pleaded with readers in his email to “please, please take the shelter-in-place directives seriously as the situation continues ongoing.”