Yet Another Campus Shooting

This one at the University of Virginia.

Back in 2007, a spree shooter killed 32 people and wounded 17 others at Virginia Tech. Overnight, three are dead and two others were injured in shootings at the University of Virginia.

WaPo:

Three people were fatally shot and two others were injured on the campus of the University of Virginia late Sunday, U-Va. officials said, in an outburst of violence that set off an intense manhunt in and around Charlottesville for a suspect police described as armed and dangerous.

At 5:50 a.m. Monday, U-Va. police said agencies were conducting a “complete search on and around UVA grounds at this time. Expect increased law enforcement presence.” The campus has been under a shelter-in-place since 11:30 p.m. Sunday, and it was virtually empty except for law enforcement on Monday morning.

The university identified a student, Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., as the suspect. It did not immediately identify the victims.

“As of this writing, I am heartbroken to report that the shooting has resulted in three fatalities; two additional victims were injured and are receiving medical care,” U-Va. President James E. Ryan wrote in a message to the community at about 4 a.m. “We are working closely with the families of the victims, and we will share additional detail as soon as we are able.

“Our University Police Department has joined forces with other law enforcement agencies to apprehend the suspect, and we will keep our community apprised of developments as the situation evolves.”

Classes for Monday were canceled. Charlottesville City Schools and Albemarle County School District schools were closed.

At 6:09 a.m. Monday, Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) tweeted: “This morning, Suzanne and I are praying for the UVA community. Virginia State Police is fully coordinating with UVA police department and local authorities. Please shelter in place while the authorities work to locate the suspect.” Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine (D) said on Twitter that he was heartbroken to hear of the gun violence and was “closely monitoring the situation.”

Details are sketchy at the moment. This isn’t the now-standard situation of a gunman walking around campus randomly shooting people, as it happened overnight when classes wouldn’t have been in session. Regardless, it joins a long list of campus spree shootings.

UPDATE: Reportedly, the shooter is or was a member of the football team, as is at least one of the victims.

UPDATE 1140: NYT reports the shooter is in custody.

A suspect was in custody Monday after three football players were fatally shot on the University of Virginia campus Sunday night, university officials said during a news conference.

[…]

The University of Virginia’s president, Jim Ryan, said during a news conference that the three students who were killed in the shooting were all members of the school’s football team.

Mr. Ryan identified the three students as Devin Chandler of Virginia Beach, Lavel “Tyler” Davis of Dorchester, S.C., and D’Sean Perry of Miami

The football players had just returned from a bus trip to Washington to see a play, and they were attacked as the bus pulled into a campus parking garage, Mr. Ryan said in the news conference.

It was a former football player targeting current members of the team. Presumably, then, this was more personally motivated than a typical spree shooting.

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Comments

  1. steve says:

    At least Youngkin is praying for them.

    Steve

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  2. CSK says:

    Here’s a rundown on the alleged shooter:

    wtrv.com/news/local-news/who-is-christopher-darnell-jones-november-14-2022

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  4. Scott says:

    This one strikes close to home. My sister in law lives in Charlottesville with her husband and kids. He works on campus. Pretty sure they are all right. Will have to check.

  5. daryl and his brother darryl says:

    In VA anyone can buy a gun without a permit, license, or registering it.
    That’s all I have to comment.

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  6. MarkedMan says:

    @daryl and his brother darryl: And the Republican Party equates gun ownership with manhood.

  7. CSK says:

    Jones has been captured. The three dead young men were football players. Perhaps this link will work:

    http://www.abcnews.go.com/suspect-large-shooting-university-virginia-police/story?id=92780963

  8. Mister Bluster says:

    People kill people with guns in this country because they can.

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  9. Richard Gardner says:

    There was another incident just off the University of Idaho campus (Moscow, ID) this weekend that left four dead. Few details so far other than calling it a homicide and saying they were students https://www.cnn.com/2022/11/14/us/university-idaho-moscow-homicide-investigation/index.html

  10. Andy says:

    Meanwhile, 27 people were shot and 6 killed in Chicago over the weekend. In Denver, the closest major city to me, had eight shootings and two killed, including a 12-year-old boy.

    It still perplexes me how we and the media focus on rare incidents like this one in Virginia and basically ignore the near-daily body count of “normal” shootings and murders.

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  11. Sleeping Dog says:

    @Andy:

    It seems that the local press covers these incidents, but it is pretty hit or miss if they’re picked up by the nat’l press.

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  12. Andy says:

    @Sleeping Dog:

    Yep, I guess it’s just that the national press ignores “normal” violence and only comes out when it’s something unusual.

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  13. James Joyner says:

    @Andy: @Sleeping Dog: I mostly think we see one as just “ordinary crime” that’s endemic and the other as shocking.

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  14. MarkedMan says:

    @Andy:

    It still perplexes me how we and the media focus on rare incidents like this one in Virginia and basically ignore the near-daily body count of “normal” shootings and murders.

    A) If you think murders in Chicago aren’t given press attention then you have been living under a rock, and B) if you are perplexed that the news media report on unusual things then I don’t think you understand the concept of “news”.

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  15. de stijl says:

    I have a ritual. Every time, every instance of yet another new school shooting, I set aside some quiet, contemplative time.

    I fire up a song – I Don’t Like Mondays by The Boomtown Rats. Put on headphones. Listen to it on repeat until I’m completely cried out and can’t take it anymore and I need to move on. That’s my ritual.

    I hunker down and cry. Sometimes weep. Sometimes full body sob. It’s my coping mechanism.

    All because we cannot seem to control gun violence on kids by kids. “I learned it from you, dad! I learned it from you.”

    It is a sad ritual, and hard. Self-imposed raw pain. I do it way too often. I would prefer way less often. I would prefer never.

  16. Tony W says:

    @daryl and his brother darryl: What’s more, they seem proud of that fact.

  17. Andy says:

    @MarkedMan:

    A) If you think murders in Chicago aren’t given press attention then you have been living under a rock, and B) if you are perplexed that the news media report on unusual things then I don’t think you understand the concept of “news”.

    A – I’m talking about the national news media.
    B – Yes, which is why I point it out as a criticism. It’s not clear to me why the shooting at UVA is more newsworthy and deserving of in-depth coverage than other murders except for click-whoring and pushing culture war narratives.

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