The University of Virginia canceled classes on Tuesday as it “continues to process the emotional toll” of Sunday’s shooting that killed three of the school’s football players and injured two others.
The shooting sparked an hour-long manhunt that stretched from Sunday evening to Monday morning. It ended when the alleged shooter, Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., was arrested in Henrico County, about 80 miles east of Charlottesville. Jones faces three counts of manslaughter and three counts of using a gun in the commission of a felony, UVA Police Chief Timothy Longo Sr. said. Monday.
Police have not given a motive for the attack.
The three players who died in the shooting were identified as wide receivers Devin Chandler and Lavel Davis Jr., according to the university. along with linebacker D’Sean Perry.
Two other students were also injured, but only one of them, Michael Hollins, was identified. The two injured students are being treated at UVA Medical Center, one in critical condition and the other in good condition, said UVA spokesman Brian Coy, who declined to name them.
A wave of support — both local and national — poured into Charlottesville after the news broke Monday. The school held a candlelight vigil on Monday, drawing hundreds to campus, according to a tweeted photo of the school’s football team.
Rival Virginia Tech’s women’s basketball team wore “#HokiesforHoos” shirts on Monday.
The University of Wisconsinwhere Chandler previously played released a statement saying their program was “deeply saddened” by the tragic deaths.
“This is a difficult time for players and staff due to the lasting impact Devin had on his friends and teammates,” the statement said. “Our thoughts go out to his family, friends and the Virginia football family.”
Vice President Kamala Harris spoke of the shooting shortly after he sworn in a new ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago on Monday.
“It’s tragic,” Harris said. “Of course our prayers are with the victims’ families and it’s just a constant reminder that we need to do better on gun safety laws in our country.”
This year there have been at least 68 shootings on U.S. school grounds, including 15 on college campuses, in which at least one person, not counting the shooter, was shot. The deadliest school shooting in modern US history remains the 2007 attack on Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, where a 23-year-old student killed 32 people before dying by suicide.
The Charlottesville campus shooting is also one of nearly 600 mass shootings in the US this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive, which, like CNN, tracks cases in which at least four people have been shot, not counting the gunman.
The shooting at UVA occurred Sunday as a class returned from a trip to Washington, DC. The class had seen a play, college officials said, and it wasn’t immediately clear whether Jones was part of that class or attending the field trip.
Police responded to a report of shots fired around 10:30 p.m. in an area near a parking garage on Culbreth Road and surrounded by academic buildings, said university president Jim Ryan. Two killed victims were on the bus, the third victim was taken to a hospital, where he died, said Longo, the school’s police chief.
The call sparked a shelter warning that was lifted about 12 hours later, Longo said. More than 500 people took shelter in campus buildings, including libraries and classrooms, he said.
Classes at UVA and for Charlottesville city schools were canceled Monday as a result of the shooting.
Authorities launched a manhunt for Jones on Sunday. Then, around 11 a.m. ET Monday, a Henrico County police officer spotted the vehicle Jones was driving in the eastern part of the county, where he was “taken into custody without incident,” according to a police department press release.
Jones is listed on UVA’s athletics website as a football player in 2018 who did not participate in any game as a freshman. He attended Varina High School and Petersburg High School, where he played football as a linebacker and running back, according to his college athletic bio.
A UVA spokesperson told CNN Jones had a pre-existing injury that prevented him from playing on the football team in 2018. Jones underwent medical treatment and rehabilitation during his time with the team and was only a member of the team for one season, a spokesman said.
The spokesman declined to comment on Jones’ injury.
Jones was previously on the radar of campus authorities. In September, authorities learned that Jones had “made a comment about possessing a weapon” to someone “unconnected to the university,” Longo said at Monday’s news conference. But that person never saw the weapon in question, he said.
“In the course of the threat assessment team’s investigation, we learned of a previous criminal incident involving a concealed weapons violation that occurred outside the city of Charlotteville in February 2021,” Longo said, adding that the suspect should report that incident to police. university but never did. The school’s Judiciary Board took up the case and the results are pending.
Jones was also involved in a hazing investigation on campus that was closed because witnesses would not cooperate, Longo said.
All three victims and one of the two injured turned out to be UVA football players.
South Carolina junior Lavel Davis Jr. was one of the top wide receivers for the Virginia Cavaliers this season. As a 6-foot-7-inch receiver, Davis was the main deep threat of the teamwith 16 catches for 371 yards and two touchdowns per year, adding up to an amazing 23.2 yards per catch.
D’Sean Perry, a junior linebacker, played in 15 games over the past three seasons. On Saturday against Pittsburgh, he scored two tackles in the 37-7 loss. In a statement through their attorney, Michael Haggard, Perry’s parents thanked the communities in South Florida and Charlottesville for the support they’ve received since the shooting.
Devin Chandler, a junior wide receiver and kick returner, had recently transferred to UVA from the University of Wisconsin this offseason.
One of the two injured students was identified as Michael Hollins, according to Andrew Martin, the head football coach at the University Lab School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Hollins is a junior running back for UVA, according to the team’s roster. CNN has reached out to Hollins’ family, but has not received a response.
Hollins’ father, Michael Hollins Sr., told The Washington Post that his son was shot in the back with the bullet in his abdomen. Hollins Sr. told the Post he is expected to recover.
Hollins was expected to graduate in December with a degree in entrepreneurship and African American history, his father told the Post.