Police Nab Gunman Who Allegedly Killed Three Football Players, Wounded Two Others At UVA


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An alleged student gunman who killed three football players and injured two others at the University of Virginia late Sunday night was apprehended Monday.

Three victims of a UVA gunman were identified as Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr. and D’Sean Perry, according to CBS News. The suspect began shooting around 10:30pm at the university’s Charlottesville campus, prompting the school to issue a shelter-in-place order, according to the New York Post. Students were alerted to the shooting around 10 minutes after it started.

Authorities later identified the suspected shooter as Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., who remained at large throughout a majority of Monday morning, but was apprehended shortly before noon, according to CBS News.

Campus police and other law enforcement agencies are conducting thorough searches of the grounds and surrounding area, telling staff, students and others to remain sheltered in place in a tweet shared by the UVA Police Department.

University President Jim Ryan confirmed that Jones Jr. is a student at UVA and a former football player, according to Fox News. (RELATED: Two Shot Dead At Popular Ski Town As Suspected Gang Violence Leads To Lockdown)

“Multiple law enforcement agencies are coordinating to find and apprehend him,” Ryan wrote in a statement published on Twitter. “As of writing, I am heartbroken to report the shooting has resulted in three fatalities; two additional victims were injured and are receiving medical care. We are working with the families of the victims, and we will share additional details as soon as we are able.”