We are back at that moment yet again in this country where violence has happened at a school and we will do is sit back and pray while waiting for it to happen again.
Three people were killed and two wounded after a shooting at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. University police said they are looking for Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. in connection with the shooting. Jones is reportedly a former UVA football player.
UVA president Jim Ryan said it is suspected that Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., who has yet to be apprehended and is “considered armed and dangerous,” committed the shooting. The incident reportedly occurred in a school parking garage, per the Associated Press.
Following the reported shots fired on Sunday night, the university’s emergency management system sent out an alert of an “active attacker firearm” and urged students to shelter in place, per the AP. That shelter in place is still in effect now as a manhunt ensues. Ryan, who called the suspect “one of our students,” continues to urge the community to follow the university’s guidance as they search for the suspect.
“Our University Police Department has joined forces with other law enforcement agencies to apprehend the suspect, and we will keep our community apprised of developments as the situation evolves,” Ryan said in a statement.
Classes have been canceled Monday.
“Multiple law enforcement agencies are coordinating to find and apprehend him,” Ryan said. “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.”
“This is a message any leader hopes never to have to send, and I am devastated that this violence has visited the University of Virginia,” Ryan added. “I am holding the victims, their families, and all members of the University of Virginia community in my heart today, and we will make plans to come together as a community to grieve as soon as the suspect is apprehended.”
Anyone who sees Jones is asked to call 911 immediately and not approach him.