The University Police Department responded to an aggravated assault incident Tuesday at between 6:56 and 7:00 p.m. in the 100 block of Culbreth Road, per a community alert sent Monday evening by Timothy Longo, chief of the University Police Department and vice president for security and safety.
UPD received a call at 10:25 p.m. that a person was firing shots with a BB-like projectile from a blue sedan. Minor injuries have been reported at this time, but no description of the suspect was not provided.
This is the third community alert of October following an aggravated assault on Oct. 17 and a shots fired incident on Oct. 16. These incidents also come after a hate crime Sept. 7, when a noose was found around the neck of the Homer statue. Albemarle resident Shane Dennis was arrested Friday in connection with the hate crime and a pile of items left at the base of the statue last weekend.
In an unrelated incident, UPD also responded to a report of vandalism Aug. 21, in which an individual threw a rock through a window in Dawson’s Row, which houses the University’s Office of African American Affairs. An individual has since been apprehended, charged and arrested with a misdemeanor offense.
UPD also responded to reports of a racial slur painted on a sidewalk and road near John Street and 14th Street Friday. An alert was not sent to the public, as the incident occurred outside of the University’s Clery Geography and was not determined to be an ongoing threat.
Community alerts are shared via email to the University community when there is timely information about a threat that can be released to the community without compromising any ongoing investigations. Timely warnings are issued when there is an ongoing threat to the community.
The public may opt-in to receive emergency alerts by texting “UVA” to 226787.