Virginia football shooting updates: Ex-player Chris Jones in custody for killings of three active players

Local police have arrested former Virginia football player Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., who has been identified as the lone gunman who killed three members of the Cavaliers’ 2022 football team and wounded two others on the campus in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Sunday night. Footballers Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr. and D’Sean Perry were all killed, according to University of Virginia President Jim Ryan.

Two other students were hospitalized for gunshot wounds. Mike Hollins, also a member of the football team, has been moved out of intensive care after two successful surgeries, his family confirmed Wednesday. Hollins was initially listed in critical condition after suffering a gunshot wound to the back.

Marlee Morgan, the other student wounded in the shooting, is not a member of the football team and is in good condition.

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Jones was originally charged with three counts of second-degree murder and three counts of use of a handgun in the commission of a felony, though the charges could change. UVA Police Chief Tim Longo said at a news conference Monday morning that Jones was taken into custody around 11 a.m. ET.

Jones, an active student at Virginia but no longer a member of the football team, is accused of killing five people on a bus in the Culbreth Garage parking lot on the UVA Central Grounds around 10:16 p.m. Sunday. According to Ryan, the shooting occurred after attending a lecture at a play in Washington, DC.

“I cannot find the words to express the devastation and heartache our team is feeling today following the tragic events last night that resulted in the deaths of Lavelle, D’Sean and Devin and the others who were injured,” coach Tony Elliott said in a statement. “These were incredible young men with huge aspirations and extremely bright futures. Our hearts ache for their families, their classmates, and their friends. These precious young men were called too soon. We are all blessed to have them in our lives. They touched us, inspired and worked incredibly hard as representatives of our program, university and community. Rest in peace, young men.”

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The shelter-in-place was lifted late Monday morning after the Virginia campus was locked down and classes were canceled as the “intense search” for Jones ended. Charlottesville City Schools also canceled classes for more than 4,000 local students.

“This is an unimaginably sad day for our community,” Ryan said. “The entire university community is grieving this morning. My heart is broken for the victims and their families and for all those who knew and loved them. Everyone is in my prayers. When I see our students, I see my children. I can’t imagine anything worse for a parent than losing a child. Please know that we will do everything we can to honor their lives and will soon come together as a community to mourn these losses.”

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Virginia’s final home game of the season against Coastal Carolina, scheduled for Saturday, was canceled Wednesday. No decision has been made yet on whether the Cavaliers will play their final game of the season against rival Virginia Tech on Nov. 26.

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