Classes continue to be canceled at University of Virginia as campus mourns 3 fatally injured football players | CNN

CNN — The University of Virginia canceled classes Tuesday because it “continues to suffer the emotional pain” of Sunday’s shooting that left three school football players dead and two injured. The shooting sparked an hour-long investigation from Sunday night through Monday morning. The case ended when the alleged gunman, Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., was arrested in Henrico County, about 80 miles east of Charlottesville. UVA Police Chief Timothy Longo Sr. said on Monday that Jones faced three counts of second-degree murder and three counts of using a handgun for a felony. Police did not provide a motive for the attack. According to the university, the three players killed in the shooting were identified as wide receivers Devin Chandler and Lavel Davis Jr., along with linebacker D’Sean Perry. Two other students were also injured, but only Michael Hollins was identified. The two injured students are being treated at a UVA medical center, one in critical condition and the other in good condition, UVA spokesman Brian Coy declined to be named. Waves of support, both locally and nationally, flowed into Charlottesville after the news broke on Monday. According to photos posted on Twitter by the school’s football team, the school held a candlelight vigil on Monday with hundreds of people flocking to the campus. 🧡💙 pic.twitter.com/6PpW4L2KOS— Virginia Cavaliers (@VirginiaSports) November 15, 2022 Rival Virginia Tech’s women’s basketball team wore “#HokiesforHoos” shirts on Monday. The University of Wisconsin, where Chandler previously played, released a statement saying their program was “deeply saddened” by the tragic death. “This is a difficult time for players and staff because of the lasting impact Devin has had on his friends and teammates,” the statement read. “Our thoughts go out to his family, friends and Virginia football family.” Vice President Kamala Harris spoke of the shooting Monday shortly after wearing Trinidad and Tobago’s new ambassador. “It is tragic.” said Harris. “Of course, our prayers are with the families of the victims and they are a constant reminder that we must do better in terms of our country’s gun safety laws.” There have been at least 68 shootings on school grounds in the United States this year, 15 of them on college campuses, with at least one person shot in each incident, not including the shooter. The deadliest school shooting in modern American history remains the case in 2007 when a 23-year-old student at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg killed 32 people before committing suicide. According to the Gun Violence Archive, the shooting at the Charlottesville campus this year is one of nearly 600 mass shootings in the United States that counts at least four people being shot, not counting the shooter. The shooting at UVA occurred Sunday as a class was returning from a trip to Washington, DC. The class watched the play and it wasn’t immediately clear whether Jones was in the class or attending the field trip, university officials said. Police responded to reports of shots being fired near a parking lot on Culbreth Road at around 10:30 p.m. in an area surrounded by academic buildings, said university president Jim Ryan. The school’s chief of police, Longo, said two victims were inside the bus and a third was taken to hospital but died. The call triggered a shelter-in-place alert that was lifted about 12 hours later, Longo said. He said more than 500 people were evacuated across campus buildings, including the library and classrooms. Classes at UVA and Charlottesville City schools were canceled Monday because of the shooting. Authorities launched a manhunt for Jones after Sunday’s attack. Then, around 11 a.m. ET Monday, Henrico County police officers found the vehicle Jones was driving in the eastern part of the county, where Jones was “taken into custody without incident,” a police department press release said. Jones is listed on UVA’s athletics website as a football player who did not participate in any games as a freshman in 2018. As for his collegiate athletic career, he attended Varina High School and Petersburg High School, where he played football as a linebacker and ran back. A UVA spokesperson told CNN Jones that he had a pre-existing injury that prevented him from playing on the 2018 football team. Jones underwent treatment and rehabilitation during his time with the team and he was a member of the team for only one season. the spokesperson says A spokesperson did not elaborate on Jones’ injuries. Jones has previously been on campus authorities’ radar. In September, authorities found that Jones had made “comments about gun possession” to someone “unrelated to the university,” Longo said at a press conference Monday. But the person never actually saw the gun in question, he said. “Through the threat assessment team’s investigative process, we became aware of a previous criminal case involving a concealed weapons violation that occurred outside the city of Charlotteville in February 2021,” said Longo, who said the suspect had committed the case to college but never did. The School Judicial Council has taken over the case and the outcome is still pending. Jones was also involved in freshman investigations on a closed campus because witnesses did not cooperate, Longo said. Three of the victims and one of the two injured were confirmed to be UVA football players. South Carolina native Lavel Davis Jr. has been one of the Virginia Cavaliers’ top wide receivers this season. As a 6-foot-7 receiver, Davis was the team’s primary deep threat with 16 catches for 371 yards and an outstanding 23.2 yards per catch with two touchdowns on the year. Junior linebacker D’Sean Perry has appeared in 15 games over the past three seasons. Against Pittsburgh on Saturday, he recorded two tackles in a 37-7 loss. Perry’s parents, Michael Haggard, issued a statement through their lawyers and thanked the South Florida and Charlottesville communities for the support they received following the shooting. Junior wide receiver and kick returner Devin Chandler recently traded to UVA this offseason from the University of Wisconsin. One of the two injured students was identified as Michael Hollins, according to Andrew Martin head football coach at University Lab School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Hollins is UVA’s junior running back according to the team’s roster. CNN has reached out to Hollins’ family but has not received a response. Hollins’ father, Michael Hollins Sr., told the Washington Post that his son had been shot in the back with a bullet lodged in the stomach. Hollins Sr. told the Post he is expected to recover. Hollins is graduating in December with degrees in entrepreneurship and African-American history, his father told the Post.


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