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

The 2022 Cavaliers football team has arrested former Virginia football player Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., who has been identified as the lone gunman in a shooting that killed three members and wounded two others Sunday night in Charlottesville, Virginia. University of Virginia President Jim Ryan said football players Devin Chandler, LaVell Davis Jr. and DeSean Perry were all shot.

Two other students were hospitalized with gunshot wounds. Mike Hollins, a member of the football team, has been moved out of the ICU after two successful surgeries, his family confirmed Wednesday. Hollins was initially listed in critical condition after being shot in the back.

Marley Morgan, the other student who was shot, is not a member of the football team and is in good condition.

Jones was initially charged with three counts of second-degree murder and three counts of using a firearm to commit a felony, although the charges could be changed. Jones was arrested around 11 a.m., UVA Police Chief Tim Longo said at a press conference Monday morning.

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Jones, who was an active student at Virginia but not a member of the football team, is accused of shooting five people on a bus in the Culbreth Garage parking lot in UVA’s Central Groves at 10:16 a.m. Sunday. The attack happened after they took a class trip to see a play in Washington, D.C., Ryan said.

“I can’t find words to express the sadness and grief our team feels following the tragic events that took place last night with the injuries to Lavelle, Desean and Devin and the others,” coach Tony Elliott said. In the description. “These were amazing young men with big aspirations and very bright futures. Our hearts go out to their families, classmates and friends. These precious young men were called away too soon. We are all lucky to have them as part of our lives. They have touched us, inspired us and are representatives of our program, our university and our community.” You worked incredibly hard to be. Rest in peace guys.

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After the Virginia campus was placed on lockdown Monday morning, classes were canceled as Jones completed an “extensive search.” Charlottesville City Schools canceled classes for more than 4,000 local students.

“This is an unimaginably sad day for our community,” Ryan said. “The entire university community is grieving this morning. My heart is broken for the victims and their families and all who know and love them. They are all in my prayers. When I see our students, I see my own children. I can’t imagine anything worse than a parent losing a child. Please, please, we will do everything we can to honor their lives and We will soon come together as a community to mourn these losses.

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

CBS Sports is actively updating this story below in light of the recent shooting in Virginia.


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