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Police identify suspect in shooting on UVa campus

Bethanie Glover said students should continue to shelter in place. Glover had no further information at the time.



A shooting broke out on the University of Virginia campus late Sunday night. UVa police identified one suspect, Christopher Darnell Jones.

Jones reportedly grew up in Richmond and played soccer at two area high schools.

At 10:42 p.m., the University Emergency Management Twitter account reported: “ACTIVE ASSAULTS firearm reported in Culbreth Road area.

As of 2:10 a.m., authorities had not released any news of any possible injuries or deaths.

Culbreth Road is at the north end of campus near the school’s theatre.

A police SUV shows up on Culbreth Road in Charlottesville



At around 10:15 p.m., 19-year-old UVa student Em Gunter was watching a lecture in her dormitory when she heard six gunshots. Gunter lives at the International Residential College and she can see Culbreth Road from her window.

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She sent a message to the 350 other residents of her building, urging them to stay indoors. She continued to huddle in her room with friends who felt scared.

“I just don’t have the words,” said Gunter. “That’s crazy.”

Gunter lived for 10 years in southwest Virginia, where the 2007 mass shooting at Virginia Tech remains prominent in people’s minds.

“April 16 was a solemn day for us,” she said.

The emergency department reported Jones as a suspect Sunday night, describing him as a black man wearing a burgundy jacket, blue jeans and red shoes. Police said he may be driving a black sport utility vehicle with Virginia registration number TWX-3580.

UVa Police said he was considered armed and dangerous and advised residents to seek shelter on the spot and contact family and friends.

According to the UVa athletic department website, Jones played football for the school in 2018 but did not appear in any games.

According to a 2018 Richmond Times-Dispatch story, he grew up in the Essex Village and Mosby Court condominium complexes in Richmond. He was smart and quiet, said a relative.

“When I get into the classrooms, everything flowed,” Jones said at the time.







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The Louisa County Sheriff’s K-9 unit at the scene of a shooting in Charlottesville on Sunday.


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According to the story, Jones’ father abandoned the family when he was little, and Jones got into fights at school that resulted in suspension.

He played football at Varina and Petersburg High Schools and graduated from Petersburg in 2018.

Robyn S. Hadley, Dean of Studies, emailed the UVa community early Monday morning. She told the students that she was also on campus and was taking refuge on the spot.

“Please, please take orders from the shelter on site seriously as the situation remains active,” she wrote.

UVa asked friends and family with questions to call an emergency hotline at (877) 685-4836.

According to news reports and data compiled by the nonprofit organization Everytown for Gun Safety, there have been at least 14 incidents of shooting on the Virginia College campus since 2002.

Everytown, which advocates for gun control, has recorded more than 200 shootings at or near colleges and 400 at K-12 schools in the United States since 2013.

Earlier this year, two Bridgewater College officers were fatally shot on campus. A man from the district of Hanover has been charged with their murders. In 2021, a VCU student, Cody Woodson, and a 17-year-old man were shot dead on consecutive days on the same block next to the VCU campus.

This story will be updated.







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Charlottesville Police Department closes Culbreth Road.


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