A gunman killed three people and wounded two others on the main University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville on Sunday, and the suspect — identified as a student — remains at large, university president Jim Jim Ryan said in a statement Posted Monday.
The University of Virginia Police Department tweeted that the campus was advised to shelter in place around 10:40 p.m. following the shooting on Calbraith Road. It has been kept under lockdown as authorities search for the suspect.
The suspect, identified by police as Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., is believed to be armed and dangerous. He was described as wearing a burgundy jacket, blue jeans and red shoes and may be driving a black SUV, according to police.
The two injured people are receiving medical attention, Ryan said, adding that he was appalled that “this kind of violence has hit the University of Virginia.” Classes on Monday have been cancelled.
University officials did not identify the victims or say whether they were students.
Multiple police departments are actively looking for Jones, including using a Virginia State Police helicopter, authorities said Monday morning.
Jones, who was listed as a football player by the university’s sports website in 2018, didn’t play in any games as a freshman.
CNN has reached out to campus police for more information.
Robyn S. Hadley, UVA’s vice president and chief student affairs officer, told students to “take shelter-in-place orders seriously while the situation remains active.”
“We all got a few shelter-in-place texts and they were scary,” Hadley said. an email To UVA’s student body.
“I am like many of you; I am sheltering in place and in direct contact with university leadership and UPD … If you are not inside and are not safe, please seek safety immediately,” Hadley said, adding more Police precincts are working to find the suspect.