3 University of Virginia football players shot dead, suspect arrested
Police have arrested the suspect in the University of Virginia shooting that killed three members of the university’s soccer team on Monday, hours after he shot dead a bus full of students returning from a field trip.
University police said in a news conference that the suspect, a student named Christopher Darnell Jones, was arrested hours after the shooting, which took place at 10:30 p.m. local time (0330 GMT Monday) at the university in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he is studying 25,000 students.
The shooting prompted university officials to order students and staff to take shelter for hours while law enforcement officers conducted a massive manhunt for Jones.
University President Jim Ryan announced the names of the deceased students. Authorities said two others were injured in the shooting.
University Police Chief Tim Longo said Jones is being held on three counts of second-degree murder and three counts of using a handgun in the commission of a felony.
Ryan explained that Jones, a student at the university, has been registered as a player on the university football team since 2018.
“Very sad,” the university president said in a message posted to social media hours after the shooting, adding that lectures had been canceled for the day.
“This is a message no official wants to send and I am saddened that the University of Virginia has been hit by such violence,” he wrote in the letter.
The shooting is the latest in a string of gun violence at American colleges and high schools in recent years. The bloodshed sparked debate about tighter gun restrictions in the United States, where the Second Amendment guarantees the right to bear arms.
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