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Police: Man wanted in UVA shooting may be driving black SUV; shelter in place continues

UVA Vice President: 'Please, please take the shelter in place commands seriously as the situation remains active'
Posted at 12:03 AM, Nov 14, 2022

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Multiple law enforcement agencies are searching for a man wanted in a deadly shooting on the University of Virginia's campus Sunday night that has led to an ongoing shelter in place order.

UVA Police said Christopher Darnell Jones is wanted in the shooting on Culbreth Road.

"Call 911 if seen, do not approach," UVA police wrote.

Jones, who officials said was armed and dangerous, may be driving a black SUV with Virginia tags TWX3580, according to police.

He was described as 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 190 pounds. Jones was last seen wearing a burgundy jacket or hoodie, blue jeans and red shoes, according to police.

Officials said in an update around 4:30 a.m. that three people were killed and two other victims were injured in the shooting.

A UVA student who was in her dormitory room near Culbreth Road said she heard six shots fired, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Police continued to urge the campus to shelter in place, as of about 4:30 a.m., and reach out to family and friends to "advise of your status."

Family and friends with questions can call the university's Emergency Hotline at 877-685-4836.

"Please, please take the shelter in place commands seriously as the situation remains active," Robyn S. Hadley, UVA Vice President and Dean of Students, wrote in an email to students around 1:15 a.m. "The suspect is armed and dangerous. If you are not inside and safe, immediately seek safety. Know that UPD, CPD and multiple jurisdictions are working diligently to locate the suspect."

Hadley said she was also sheltering in place and was in contact with campus police and UVA leadership.

"We have all received several shelter in place texts, and they are frightening," Hadley wrote.

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UVA Police first posted on Twitter around 10:30 p.m. that they had received a report of shots fired at Culbreth Garage.

Ten minutes later, police said one suspect was at large and that the campus should shelter in place.

"ACTIVE ATTACKER firearm reported in area of Culbreth Road. RUN HIDE FIGHT," police posted on Twitter at 10:42 p.m.

"Please continue to shelter in place," officials said around 11:20 p.m.

University President Jm Ryan said the shooting happened on Culbreth Road.

"Please follow @UVA_EM for updated alerts, as we ask the @UVA community to please shelter in place," Ryan wrote.

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can email newstips@wtvr.com to send a tip.

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