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U-Va. campus rattled by killing of three students, charges against another

Three people were killed and two were wounded in a shooting at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville on Nov. 14, according to police. (Video: The Washington Post, Photo: The Daily Progress/The Washington Post)

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Three members of the University of Virginia football team were fatally shot and two other students were injured at a parking garage on campus late Sunday, U-Va. officials said, in an outburst of violence that set off an intense manhunt in and around Charlottesville for a suspect police described as armed and dangerous. He was captured Monday morning.

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  • At an 11 a.m. news conference, police said the suspect, identified as Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., 22, had been taken into custody and charged with murder. Jones was a freshman on the U-Va. football team in 2018 but did not appear in any games. Late Monday morning, U-Va. officials lifted a shelter-in-place order in effect since 11:30 p.m. Sunday.
  • Campus officials said the five students were shot on a bus that had returned from a field trip. Campus officials identified the deceased victims as Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis and D’Sean Perry, all current football players. Police did not identify the two injured students, but the father of Michael Hollins, Jr., said his son had been shot and survived.
  • The university’s threat assessment team started scrutinizing Jones after a student reported Sept. 15 that he had heard Jones make a comment about possessing a gun, U-Va. spokesman Brian Coy said. The case was escalated for disciplinary action on Oct. 27, Coy said. The tip came as part of an investigation into a separate hazing allegation.
  • Read a full recap of our coverage here.
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At an 11 a.m. news conference, police said the suspect, identified as Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., 22, had been taken into custody and charged with murder. Jones was a freshman on the U-Va. football team in 2018 but did not appear in any games. Late Monday morning, U-Va. officials lifted a shelter-in-place order in effect since 11:30 p.m. Sunday.
Campus officials said the five students were shot on a bus that had returned from a field trip. Campus officials identified the deceased victims as Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis and D’Sean Perry, all current football players. Police did not identify the two injured students, but the father of Michael Hollins, Jr., said his son had been shot and survived.
The university’s threat assessment team started scrutinizing Jones after a student reported Sept. 15 that he had heard Jones make a comment about possessing a gun, U-Va. spokesman Brian Coy said. The case was escalated for disciplinary action on Oct. 27, Coy said. The tip came as part of an investigation into a separate hazing allegation.
Read a full recap of our coverage here.

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