A student is being sought after three people were shot dead and two others were injured at the University of Virginia.
(CNN) – A manhunt is underway for a University of Virginia student suspected of fatally shooting three people and injuring two others late Sunday at the university’s main campus in Charlottesville, where students and others are still on lockdown, according to police and the university’s president.
Police on the ground and by helicopter are searching for ex-football player Christopher Darnell Jones, Jr., who is believed to be armed and dangerous, according to university president Jim Ryan and police. Darnell is described as wearing a burgundy jacket, blue jeans, and red shoes, and is possibly driving a black SUV with the licence plate TWX3580, according to police.
“The law enforcement search continues on and around UVA grounds.” Stay in your shelter. Around 7:30 a.m. ET, UVA Police tweeted, “Expect increased law enforcement presence.” Monday classes have been cancelled.
The University of Virginia Police Department issued a shelter-in-place order around 10:40 p.m. after a shooting was reported on Culbreth Road.
Officials at the university have not identified the victims or stated whether they were students. Ryan said the two injured people were being treated and that he was “devastated” that “this violence has visited the University of Virginia.”
According to the Gun Violence Archive, which, like CNN, counts cases in which at least four people are shot, excluding the shooter, the shooting on the Charlottesville campus is one of nearly 600 mass shootings in the United States this year.