University of Virginia manhunt: Who is ex-football player shooting suspect Christopher Darnell Jones, Jr? UVA student Christopher Darnell Jones, Jr. wanted in connection to shooting that killed 3, injured 2 others.
An active manhunt is unfolding on and around the University of Virginia grounds Monday morning for Christopher Darnell Jones, Jr., a UVA student and former college football player named as the suspect in the shooting on the Charlottesville campus Sunday night that left three people dead and another two injured.
Jones, now considered armed and dangerous, was a former UVA football player. According to the school’s athletic department website, he was on the football team in 2018 but never played a game.
Police describe Jones as a Black male last seen wearing a burgundy jacket or hoodie, blue jeans and red shoes. He might be driving a black SUV with the Virginia tag TWX3580.
Few details were immediately known about the suspected gunman.
In a message to the community Monday morning, UVA President Jim Ryan confirmed that Jones is a student.
“As of writing this, I am heartbroken to report the shooting has resulted in three fatalities; two additional victims were injured and are receiving medical care,” Ryan wrote. “Our University Police Department has joined forces with other law enforcement agencies to apprehend the suspect, and we will keep our community apprised for developments as the situation evolves.”
Classes were canceled on Monday, as students and faculty were instructed to remain sheltered in place.
Jones reportedly played football all throughout high school.
He previously attended Varina High School for three years before transferring to Petersburg High School, where as a senior, he played as linebacker and running back, Newsweek reported.
In 2018, Jones was featured in a story for the Richmond Times-Dispatch with the headline, “Petersburg High graduate navigated a fractured path to graduation.”
The article says that Jones, who grew up in the Essex Village and Mosby Court housing complexes in Richmond, saw his parents divorce at age five and did not see his father again until years later as a teenager.