Details of shooting at UVA
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- “The field trip was associated with a class. And the individuals that have been named were part of that trip to see a play,” said a University of Virginia official during a press conference on Monday.
The Charlottesville community is mourning a tragic incident that started as a class trip.
Around 10:30 p.m. Sunday, after the students arrived back on Grounds, the UVA Police Department was alerted to a shooting near Culbreth Garage.
After arriving on the scene, they found five victims in a charter bus.
“Enjoying a school activity, having a meal together, and coming back to our Grounds and someone amongst them chose to do an act of violence,” UVA Police Chief Tim Longo said.
Two victims died on the scene and the third died at the UVA Hospital.
Police identified the victims as Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis, Jr., and D’Sean Perry, all of whom were members of the UVA football team.
Two other shooting victims remain in the hospital. One is in good condition, while the other is in critical condition.
The suspect was identified as Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., a 22-year-old UVA student.
He was caught by the Henrico County Police Department on Monday morning and faces three counts of second-degree murder and three counts of using a handgun in the commission of a felony.
After about 12 hours, UVA officials lifted the shelter-in-place order, allowing students to leave their dorms.
While the scene has been cleared and the garage is open, UVA canceled classes Monday and Tuesday.
Other area schools were also closed on Monday but will resume normal operations on Tuesday.
“My heart is broken, for the victims, their families and for all those who knew and loved them. They are all in my prayers. As I’ve said before, when I see our students I see my own kids. And I cannot imagine anything worse than to lose a child," UVA President Jim Ryan said at the press conference.