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Former University of Virginia Football Player Shoots Three Former Teammates; One in Critical Condition and Two Others Hospitalized

A former University of Virginia football player fatally shot three current players on the Cavaliers football team and injured two other students on campus recently in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Charlottesville police confirmed the suspect was Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., a 22-year-old currently enrolled at UVA and a former football player at the University.

University of Virginia president Jim Ryan confirmed three Cavaliers football players were fatally shot and included Level Davis Jr., Devin Chandler, and D’Sean Perry.

The shooting occurred on a charter bus returning to campus from a student field trip to Washington, D.C.

Immediately after the shooting, the school took action and issued a shelter-in-place for all students and staff on campus and canceled all classes for Monday.

The police manhunt took over 12 hours as the school lifted the shelter-in-place order at 10:33 a.m. on Monday. UVA Police Chief Timothy Longo Sr. said that almost 500 students were impacted by the order and forced to stay in the school’s library and classrooms through the night.

In a press conference, UVA President Ryan stated, “Multiple law enforcement agencies are coordinating to find and apprehend him.”

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“As of writing, I am heartbroken to report the shooting has resulted in three fatalities; two additional victims were injured and are receiving medical care,” Ryan continued. “We are working with the families of the victims, and we will share additional details as soon as we are able.”

The three deceased victims were all former teammates of Jones.

Longo disclosed that Jones was being investigated for a previous hazing allegation.

Jones has been charged with three counts of second-degree murder and three counts of using a handgun in the commission of a felony.

Ryan said the two other students were hospitalized as one is in critical condition.

One of the students is junior running back Mike Hollins, his father reported.

“The doctors said he’s going to recover,” Hollins Sr. told The Washington Post. “They said because of his age and physical condition, he’s doing exceptionally well.”

“Mike is a fighter — and he’s showing it,” Hollins mother said to the Associated Press. “We have great doctors who have been working with him. And most importantly, we have God’s grace and God’s hands on him.”

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