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3 University of Virginia football players shot and killed by former teammate

3 University of Virginia Football players shot and killed by former teammate

A shooter who is suspected in a University of Virginia shooting that killed three members of the school football team is now in custody. He allegedly opened fire on a bus full of students returning from a field trip. 

22-year-old Christopher Darnell Jones is being held for the shooting that happened at 10:30 PM on Sunday at the Charlottesville, VA school. 

Shortly after the shootout occurred, school officials took to social media warning students to “RUN HIDE FIGHT”. The campus was on high alert as law enforcement searched for Jones throughout the night and the following morning. 

The students that were killed were identified as Devin Chandler, D’Sean Perry, and Lavel Davis

Chandler and Perry died on the scene. Davis was taken to the hospital and later died of his wounds. 

Two other students were wounded and taken to UVA Medical Center. One is in good condition and the other is in critical condition. 

Jones played on the school football team in 2018. He was noted as a threat assessment to the team in the fall of 2022 when he made a comment about possessing a gun to the Office of Student Affairs. 

However, the investigation was closed as no one saw evidence of Jones owning a gun. 

Sadly, the threat unfolded into a more serious incident. Jones was apprehended on campus Monday morning. He is in custody facing three counts of second-degree murder and three counts of using a handgun in commission of a felony. 

University President Jim Ryan wrote a letter posted on social media stating, “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.”

He canceled classes for the day. 

The shooting is one of a series that have been occurring in colleges and schools across the country. There is currently a debate over the Second Amendment which guarantees the right to bear arms.

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