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3 dead, 2 wounded in shooting on Virginia campus, suspect still on the run: police

Police said three people were killed and two others wounded in a shooting at the University of Virginia.

Officials said the shooting occurred on Sunday night. Police identified one of the suspects and said they were still looking for him around 5.30am on Monday.

The University of Virginia Police Department named the suspect Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. and released a photo of him.

University President Jim Ryan said in a statement Monday morning that the Jones family is a student at the school.

His name and photo match the university athletics profile of a former UVA soccer player who was part of the team in 2018.

On Sunday, officers said, the suspect was wearing a burgundy jacket, blue jeans and red shoes. They said he could drive a black SUV with Virginia license plates.

The shooting was reported around 10:30 p.m. On Culbreth Road, near the campus parking garage.

The campus emergency alert system warned students that the suspect was “armed and dangerous” and told them to take cover.

In his statement, Ryan also confirmed that UVA had canceled classes on Monday. “This is a message that any leader hopes they will not have to send, and I am shocked that this violence has visited the University of Virginia,” he wrote.

A video shared on Twitter surfaced shortly after midnight showing a SWAT team entering a building. UVA officials said that multiple agencies deployed officers to search, and that the Virginia State Police deployed a helicopter.

A UVA spokesperson told the school they had no additional information to share.

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