The University of Virginia has over 20,000 students enrolled.
After three students were killed and two were injured in a shooting spree on a charter bus that was returning from a field trip, the University of Virginia lifted a campus-wide lockdown on Monday, according to authorities.
D’Sean Perry, Lavel Davis Jr., and Devin Chandler were shot and killed, according to university president Jim Ryan. All three victims were football players for the University of Virginia. Perry, a junior linebacker from Miami, stood 6 feet 3 inches tall. Davis, a junior wide receiver from Dorchester, South Carolina, stood 6 feet 7 inches tall. Chandler, a junior wide receiver from Huntersville, North Carolina, who moved from Wisconsin for the season, stood 6 feet tall. Two other people were injured but are expected to live.
Ryan stated at a press conference on Monday that “this is a sad, surprising, and awful day for our UVA community.”
The elite, 22,000-student school’s Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. was detained on Monday, according to the authorities. A shelter-in-place order was issued for the duration of the search which affected the whole institution. According to UVA Police Chief Tim Longo, Jones will be charged with three counts of second-degree murder and three counts of using a handgun to commit a crime.
Police said at a news conference on Monday that Jones had been brought into custody. Jones was listed on the roster of the UVA football team in 2018, In accordance with his profile, he was a first-year running back from Petersburg, Virginia, standing 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 195 pounds at the time. He spent three years at Varina High School, where he was selected Student of the Year as a freshman and sophomore, before transferring to Petersburg High School, where he graduated and attended UVA. Jones was also a member of the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society in high school.
Police haven’t released a statement on a motive as of yet. Jones will be arraigned this afternoon.