Virginia football shooting updates: Ex-player Chris Jones in custody for killings of three active players

Local police have arrested former Virginia football player Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., who has been cited as the lone gunman who killed three members of the 2022 Cavaliers football team and wounded others. two on campus Sunday night in Charlottesville, Virginia. Football players Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr. and D’Sean Perry were all shot, according to University of Virginia president Jim Ryan.

Two other students were hospitalized due to gunshot wounds. Mike Hollins, also a member of the football team, remains in critical condition after suffering a gunshot wound to the back which is believed to have come from his stomach. He was taken off the ventilator and “doing well” Tuesday after a second operation, according to Sports Illustrated.

Marlee Morgan, the other student injured in the shooting, is not a member of the football team and is in good condition.

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Jones is initially charged with three counts of second-degree murder and three counts of using a handgun to commit a crime, although the charges could change. UVA Police Chief Tim Longo announced during a Monday morning press conference that Jones was taken into custody around 11 a.m. ET.

Jones, an active student at Virginia but no longer a member of the football team, is accused of shooting five people on a bus in the Culbreth Garage parking lot on the UVA Central Grounds around 10:16 p.m. Sunday. . The shooting happened after a class trip to see a play in Washington, DC, according to Ryan.

“I can’t find the words to describe the pain and heartbreak our team is feeling today after the tragic events last night that left Lavel, D’Sean and Devin dead, and others injured,” said coach Tony Elliott. in a statement. “These were amazing young men with great aspirations and the brightest futures. Our hearts go out to their families, their classmates and their friends. These young men are precious. they were called too soon. We are all blessed to have had them as part of our lives.. They touched us, inspired us and worked incredibly hard as representatives of our program, university and community Rest in peace guys.

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A stay-at-home order was lifted Monday morning after the Virginia campus was closed and classes canceled as a “thorough investigation” for Jones was completed. Charlottesville City Schools also canceled classes for more than 4,000 local students.

“This is an incredibly sad day for our community,” Ryan said. “The entire university community is grieving this morning. My heart breaks for the victims and their families and all who knew and loved them. They are all in my prayers. When I see our students, I see my children. I can’t think of anything worse for a parent than losing a child. Please know that we will do everything we can to honor their lives and will come together soon as a community to mourn this loss.”

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Virginia’s final home game of the season against Coastal Carolina, scheduled for Saturday, was canceled Wednesday. No decision has been made on whether the Cavaliers will play their final game of the season at rival Virginia Tech on Nov. 26.

CBS Sports is updating this story with the latest from Virginia below.


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