The University Police Department responded to an aggravated assault incident Saturday at 7:44 p.m. in the 800 block of W Main Street, per a community alert sent Saturday evening by Timothy Longo, chief of the University Police Department and vice president for security and safety.
Charlottesville Police Department also received the call at 7:44 p.m. and responded to the incident. Upon arriving at the scene, CPD discovered a victim with a gunshot wound.
The suspect fled in an unknown direction and was described as wearing a black sweatshirt and blue jeans.
While the incident is the first community alert of December, it is also the fifth aggravated assault since students arrived on Grounds for the Fall semester. Three of these aggravated assaults — which occurred Nov. 11, Oct. 17 and Oct. 26 — involved an individual firing a BB-like projectile from a passing car.
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.