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Three students killed in UVa shooting; suspect in custody

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The three students who were killed on campus Sunday night, from left, are Devin Chandler, a second-year from Virginia Beach; Lavel Davis, a third-year student from Ridgeville, South Carolina; and D'Sean Perry, a fourth-year student from Miami, Florida. All three were on the football team.

The suspect in Sunday night's deadly UVa shooting is now in custody. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

University of Virginia's Chief of Police, Tim Longo, was interrupted partway through a press conference Monday morning about the shooting that had left three people dead and two hospitalized.

TIM LONGO: We've just received information the suspect is in custody. … I just need a moment to thank God … and breathe a sigh of relief.

The suspect, UVa student Christopher Darnell Jones, Jr., allegedly shot the victims a little after 10 p.m. on Sunday night as they returned to campus on a charter bus from a field trip to Washington, D.C. University President Jim Ryan said that one of the surviving victims is in good condition, and the other is in critical condition.

The campus was on lockdown for approximately 12 hours following the shooting. Cecelia Thomas, a second-year undergrad, spent the lockdown in the house she shares with other languages and linguistics students, where they at least had a mini-fridge stocked with food.

CECELIA THOMAS: Some people are locked down in the library, and they've been there all night … Apparently the vending machines have all sold out. … I think they're just trying to make the best of it. Trying to get some rest if possible.

According to Longo, Jones had come to the attention of the university's threat assessment team in September for supposedly owning a firearm. Upon their investigation, they learned that Jones had a concealed carry violation on his record that occurred outside Charlottesville in 2021.

Randi B. Hagi first joined the WMRA team in 2019 as a freelance reporter. Her writing and photography have been featured in The Harrisonburg Citizen, where she previously served as the assistant editor; as well as The Mennonite; Mennonite World Review; and Eastern Mennonite University's Crossroads magazine.