The University of Virginia campus is in shock and mourning after three football players were fatally shot on Sunday night.
UVA president Jim Ryan said that football players Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr., and D’Sean Perry were all killed.
Two other people were shot and are being treated. One is in good condition, the other is in critical condition. Their names were not released.
According to Ryan, the shooting Sunday night occurred on a bus full of students returning from a field trip.
“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 said. “We are working with the families of the victims, and we will share additional details as soon as we are able
“This is a message any leader hopes never to have to send, and I am devastated that this violence has visited the University of Virginia.”
The alleged shooter, a former UVA football player, Christopher Darnell Jones, was taken into custody on Monday. He was a freshman on the U-Va. football team in 2018 but did not appear in any games.
University of Virginia Chief of Police Timothy Longo said during a news conference. Jones has been charged with three counts of second-degree murder and three counts of using a handgun in the commission of a felony.
Those that were fatally shot:
- Davis, a junior from Dorchester, South Carolina, had 16 catches for 371 yards and two touchdowns this season. As a freshman in 2020, he caught 20 passes for 515 yards and five TDs, averaging 25.8 yards per catch.
- Perry, a junior from Miami, had five tackles in three games this season, including two in Saturday’s loss to Pitt. He had an 84-yard interception return for a touchdown during his freshman season in 2020.
- Chandler, a junior from Huntersville, North Carolina, has not appeared in a game this season. He caught two passes for 28 yards as a freshman in 2020.
The school canceled classes on Monday and its basketball game against Northern Iowa in Charlottesville has been postponed.
The Cavaliers are scheduled to play Coastal Carolina in a football game on Saturday.