The University Police Department responded to an aggravated assault incident Friday between 6:08 and 6:10 p.m. in the 100 block of Rugby Road and the area of Elliewood Avenue, per a community alert sent Friday evening by Timothy Longo, chief of the University Police Department and vice president for security and safety.
UPD received several calls at 6:08 p.m. of a person firing shots with a BB-like projectile from a passing gray or silver sedan. No injuries have been reported at this time but additional calls received by UPD indicated that the car was occupied by two male passengers and may have been a Toyota.
The incident also comes after a hate crime Sept. 7, when a noose was found around the neck of the Homer statue. Albemarle resident Shane Dennis was arrested Oct. 21 in connection with the hate crime. UPD also responded to an unrelated report of vandalism Aug. 21, in which an individual — who was later apprehended — threw a rock through a window in Dawson’s Row, which houses the University’s Office of African American Affairs.
UPD also responded to reports of a racial slur painted on a sidewalk and road near John Street and 14th Street Oct. 14. 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.