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Police and the president of the university have announced that a search is currently underway for a student at the University of Virginia who is suspected of opening fire and killing three people and injuring two others late on Sunday evening at the school's main campus in Charlottesville.
Students and others are currently on lockdown at the campus.
The university's emergency management department sent out a warning late on Sunday night, informing the campus community that there was a active attacker firearm.
Following a report of shots being fired on Culbreth Road, which is located on the northern boundaries of the school, the message advised students to take cover in their current locations.
Police Search Action
Christopher Darnell Jones, Jr., a former football player at the university, is believed to be armed and dangerous, according to university president Jim Ryan and police, who announced on Monday that search parties on the ground and in a helicopter are looking for him.
According to the police, Darnell is possibly traveling in a black SUV with the license plate TWX3580 while wearing a burgundy jacket, blue jeans, and red shoes.
“The law enforcement search on and around UVA grounds continues. Remain sheltered in place. Expect increased law enforcement presence,” UVA Police tweeted around 7:30 a.m. ET. Monday classes at the university are canceled, as are those at Charlottesville City Schools, the K-12 district said in a letter to families.
According to the website for the University of Virginia's athletics department, the suspect was a football player in 2018, but as a freshman, he did not take part in any games.
According to the bio for Jones on the university's athletics team, he went to both Varina High School and Petersburg High School. While there, he participated in football as both a linebacker and a running back.
According to his bio, Jones served as president of the Key Club as well as being a member of both the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society while he was in high school.
If you have seen anything, don't hesitate and call the police.