3 dead, 2 injured in shooting at University of Virginia; manhunt underway

Authorities said they were looking for student Christopher Darnell Jones, considered “armed and dangerous,” in connection with the deadly shooting.

By Chantal Da Silva/NBC News

A shooting at the University of Virginia left three people dead and at least two others injured, sparking a manhunt for a suspect Monday and warnings for students to “shelter in place” or “run, hide, fight.”

Gunfire was initially reported at a parking garage on Culbreth Road, near the school’s drama building, at around 10:30 p.m. Sunday, the University of Virginia Office of Emergency Management said in a tweet.

“I am heartbroken to report that the shooting has resulted in three fatalities,” Jim Ryan, the university’s president, said later in an email to students. He said two additional victims were also injured in the shooting and were receiving medical care. He did not release names of the deceased.

“This is a message any leader hopes never to have to send, and I am devastated that this violence has visited the University of Virginia,” Ryan said. He said classes would be cancelled for Monday, with only designated essential employees expected to report to work.

Authorities said they were looking for Christopher Darnell Jones in connection with the deadly shooting. Ryan described Jones as “one of our students” in his message.

“Call 911 if seen, do not approach,” the University of Virginia Police Department warned in a tweet, sharing a photo of Jones.

The same photo appears on a profile for Jones in a 2018 football roster shared on the official website for the Virginia Cavaliers. The profile says Jones did not appear in any games that year.

Early on in the incident, both the police department and the university’s emergency management office shared warnings for students to “shelter in place” or “RUN HIDE FIGHT.”

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