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

Local police have arrested former Virginia walk-on football player Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., the lone gunman who killed three members of the 2022 Cavaliers football team and wounded two others Sunday night on campus in Charlottesville, Virginia. According to University of Virginia President Jim Ryan, football players Devin Chandler, LaVell Davis Jr. and De’Sean Perry were fatally shot.

Two other students were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds. One of the survivors, Mike Hollins, remains in a critical condition after taking a bullet to the back, believed to have exited through his abdomen. He is on a ventilator after undergoing surgery Sunday night and is scheduled to undergo a second procedure with the ventilator scheduled to be removed Tuesday, Sports Illustrated reported.

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The other student, who is hospitalized but in stable condition, is not a member of the football team.

Jones is initially charged with three counts of second-degree murder and three counts of using a handgun in the commission of a felony, although the charges may change. During a Monday morning press conference, UVA Police Chief Tim Longo was alerted that Jones was arrested around 11 a.m. ET.

Jones, an active student at Virginia but no longer a member of the football team, is accused of shooting five people inside a bus in the Culbreth Garage parking deck at UVA Central Stadium around 10:16 p.m. Sunday. According to Ryan, the shooting happened after a class trip to see a play in Washington, D.C.

“I can’t find the words to express the devastation and heartache our team is feeling today after last night’s tragic events that resulted in the deaths of Lavell, D’Sean and Devin and others injured,” coach Tony Elliott said. In a statement. “These were incredible young men with great hopes and extremely bright futures. Our hearts ache for their families, their classmates and their friends. These precious young men were taken far too soon. We are all so lucky to have them as part of our lives. They touched us, inspired us and worked incredibly hard as representatives of our program, university and community. Rest in peace, young men.”

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

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

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