Former Virginia RB Suspected Of Fatally Shooting Three Virginia Football Players

NCAA Football: William & Mary at Virginia
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A heartbreaking situation unfolded at the University of Virginia. WR Lavel Davis Jr., LB D’Sean Perry and WR Devin Chandler were shot and killed Sunday night. Two other students were injured and one is in critical condition. The suspect believed to be responsible for the shootings is Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., a University of Virginia student who was formerly a member of the Virginia football team in 2018.

University of Virginia President Jim Ryan confirmed the deaths of the players during a media conference. The suspect has been taken into custody after a successful manhunt, according to Virginia police. The UVA Police Department initially put out that they were searching for the former running back on social media, and strongly urged civilians to not engage directly if they spot him.

The incident took place on a charter bus, as the students were heading back to campus after being out on a field trip. Police chief Tim Longo announced that Jones is facing multiple charges, including three counts of second-degree murder and three counts of using a handgun in the commission of a felony. Ryan said the incident is a “sad, shocking and tragic day for the university community.”

“Let me say how deeply sorry I am for the victims and for their family and friends,” Ryan said.

Back in September, Jones allegedly said to someone that he had a firearm on campus, according to police. The allegation came from an individual that was not a part of the school. Furthermore, Jones has a criminal record that dates back to February 2021, which he allegedly failed to notify the school about. The suspect was hit with misdemeanor concealed weapons charges outside of Charlottesville.

“Heartbroken to hear of another Virginia community devastated by gun violence,” Senator Tim Kaine said in a tweet. “Praying for the UVA community and closely monitoring the situation. We must take further action to make our communities safer.”

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