This is a developing story.
A shooting at Culbreth Garage has resulted in three fatalities, per a community-wide update sent by University President Jim Ryan early Monday morning. Two individuals were also injured and are receiving medical care, and classes have been canceled Monday.
“This is a message any leader hopes never to have to send, and I am devastated that this violence has visited the University of Virginia,” Ryan said.
An alert was first issued at 10:32 p.m. indicating that shots had been fired at Culbreth Garage and directing students to leave the area. At 10:40 p.m., students received another update urging them to shelter in place.
Police later identified the suspect as Christopher Darnell Jones, who was last seen wearing a burgundy jacket, blue jeans and red shoes and may be driving a black SUV. Jones is listed as a member of the Virginia football roster in 2018, but it remains unclear whether Jones remains connected with the University.
Police say Jones is armed and dangerous.
Multiple police departments are involved in the search for Jones. Per deputy Univeristy spokesperson Bethanie Glover, it is “still a very much active situation.”
In an email to students earlier in the evening, Robyn Hadley, vice president for student affairs and dean of students urged students to immediately seek safety and take shelter-in-place commands seriously.
“Know that UPD, CPD and multiple jurisdictions are working diligently to locate the suspect,” Hadley said. “Please rely on communications from the University as we will give you the most up-to-date information.”