UVA shooting: Christopher Jones ‘targets’ football players but motive still unknown, court hears

University of Virginia shooting: 3 dead, 2 injured; former footballer cited as a suspect

The 22-year-old University of Virginia student, accused of killing three fellow students and wounding two others, was denied the link Wednesday when the court heard how he allegedly “targeted” specific victims in the deadly massacre.

Christopher Darnell Jones appeared by video conference call in the Albemarle General District Court at 9:00 am local time, as he was arraigned on three counts of second-degree murder and five counts of use of firearms in committee of crime.

Prosecutor Jim Hingeley quoted a witness statement during Wednesday’s hearing, in which he described how the individual had seen Jones shoot Devin Chandler as he slept in what appeared to be a targeted act before his body collapsed in Earth.

Football stars D’Sean Perry and Lavel Davis Jr were identified earlier this week as the other two victims killed in the attack.

Officials confirmed that Mr Jones was on a field trip with the victims and was on the bus when he opened fire.

A witness also revealed the suspect’s “bizarre” words spoken moments before opening fire.

“Chris got up and pushed and pushed Lavel,” Ryan Lynch told KYW. “After I pushed him, he was like, ‘You guys are always making fun of me.'”

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Live coverage of the mass shooting at the University of Virginia

Welcome to The Independents live blog of the mass shooting at the University of Virginia.

Stay tuned to this page for live coverage of events as we begin to hear about how the massacre that left at least three dead and two injured Sunday night unfolded, as the suspect in the shooting remains at large.

Johanna ChisholmNovember 14, 2022 11:41

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Manhunt for ‘armed and dangerous’ student

A manhunt is currently underway for an “armed and dangerous” University of Virginia student after three victims were killed and two others injured in a college campus shooting.

The mass shooting occurred around 10:40 p.m. Sunday night when a gunman went on a rampage on the University of Virginia’s main campus along Culbreth Road in Charlottesville, university president Jim Ryan said in a statement. declaration on Monday morning.

The campus was locked down, with students and staff being asked to take cover in place while the suspect fled.

Three victims were killed in the attack while two others were injured and taken to hospital for treatment. Their conditions are not clear at the moment.

Rachel Sharp has more details here in this developing story.

Johanna ChisholmNovember 14, 2022 11:44

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UVA student principal warns students to take “scary” shelter on site “seriously”.

The University of Virginia student principal found himself in a similar and “appalling” situation as students who were called to shelter late Sunday night and Monday morning after an active shooter killed three people and he has at least two wounds.

“We have all received several shelter-in-place texts and they are scary,” Robyn Hadley, the university’s vice president and principal of students, wrote in an email sent to the school late Sunday evening. “Please please take shelter-in-place commands seriously as the situation remains active.”

“If you’re not inside and safe, seek safety immediately,” he added in an ominous warning to students.

Johanna ChisholmNovember 14, 2022 11:52

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UVA Police Conduct ‘Comprehensive Search In And Around UVA Lands’

University of Virginia Police warned students to remain sheltered at the scene as it issued a notice that law enforcement would conduct a “comprehensive search in and around the UVA grounds” and students should then expect a “greater presence of the police”.

“UVA Notice: A COMPREHENSIVE RESEARCH ON AND AROUND THE GRAPE FIELDS IS AT THIS TIME. EXPECT AN INCREASED LAW ENFORCEMENT PRESENCE. KEEP REPAIRING IN PLACE,” UVA police tweeted in their latest update after a barrage of similar warnings were sent from the account warning students they would be on campus looking for the suspect in the shooting that left three dead and two wounded.

Johanna ChisholmNovember 14, 2022 11:56

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What do we know about Christopher Darnell Jones

Christopher Darnell Jones, the suspect who remained at large in the University of Virginia mass shooting, was “one of our students,” University President Jim Ryan said in a statement released early Monday morning.

The UVA Police Department and several other agencies have warned that he is considered “armed and dangerous”.

Jones, who is also a former varsity football player, is included on the varsity athletics website’s 2018 roster, although he has not appeared in any games.

The website lists Jones’ hometown as Petersburg, Virginia, where he played line-backer and running back at Petersburg High School.

Jones “earned honorable mention all-conference honors as a senior” and spent three years of his high school education at Varina High School, where he earned honorable mention all-conference honors as a freshman and second-team honors as a sophomore and junior.

The website includes a string of Jones’ high school accomplishments, including being a member of the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society, serving as president of the Key Club and Jobs for Virginia Grads program, and being named Student of the Year as a freshman and second year in Varina.

Johanna ChisholmNovember 14, 2022 12:06

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UVA president ‘heartbroken’ to deliver message ‘any leader hopes they never have to send’

University of Virginia President Jim Ryan shared in a Monday morning statement that he was “heartbroken” and “devastated” to send a message to staff, students and families “any leader hopes they never have to send.”

“I am devastated that this violence has affected the University of Virginia. This is a traumatic incident for everyone in our community and we have canceled classes for today,” the president wrote, sharing his condolences for the victims and their loved ones.

“We will continue to provide updates as the situation evolves. Please know we have support available if you need it,” Ryan added, noting that UVA police are working alongside multiple law enforcement agencies to apprehend the suspect, who has been at large since the early hours of Monday. morning.

Johanna ChisholmNovember 14, 2022 12:45

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UVA Police advise shelter-in-place students not requiring medical attention to dial the number

University of Virginia police advised sheltered students who had non-emergency medical needs to call a specific number, as the manhunt for the suspect in the mass shooting extended into Monday morning.

“Update: If you are sheltering in place and have a non-emergency medical need, please call 434-243-0968. For any emergencies, call 9-1-1,” the UVA police tweeted from their official account.

Johanna ChisholmNovember 14, 2022 1:15 pm

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Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin says he and his wife are “praying” for the UVA community

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin took to social media to share his condolences and “prayers” for the University of Virginia community after the main campus was the site of one of the most recent mass shootings in the United States.

“This morning, Suzanne and I are praying for the UVA community. Virginia State Police is coordinating fully with the UVA Police Department and local authorities. Please take cover while authorities work to locate the suspect,” the Republican governor tweeted.

Johanna ChisholmNovember 14, 2022 1:30 pm

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UVA deputy spokesperson: “Situation still very active”

The University of Virginia deputy spokesperson said in a statement early Monday morning that the situation on campus remained very “active.”

“All I can share at the moment is that it is still a very active situation and that we are encouraging members of the UVA community to shelter in place and call the hotline with any information,” said Bethanie Glovier, according to Daily progress reporter Sydney Shuler.

Johanna ChisholmNovember 14, 2022 1:45 pm

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Students recount the horrifying moment they realized the mass shooting had touched the UVA campus

University of Virginia sophomore Em Gunter, 19, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that she was in her dorm room Sunday night when she heard gunshots outside her window on the Charlottesville campus.

It was around 10.15pm, she told the local newspaper, and the 19-year-old was tuning in to a lecture on her laptop when she heard six gunshots ring out just outside the International Residential College, where she can see Culbreth Road from her window.

“I am speechless,” Ms Gunter told the local news. “This is crazy.”

Johanna ChisholmNovember 14, 2022 2pm

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