Suspected gunman released after 3 killed, 2 injured in University of Virginia shooting

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Three people were killed and two injured in a shooting at the University of Virginia late Sunday night, officials said.

Key facts

Police and University Officers insisted people to take shelter after the shooting at the university’s main campus in Charlottesville late Sunday night.

The police warned the suspect, identified as school pupil Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., is at large and believed to be “armed and dangerous”.

Jones was described like wearing a burgundy jacket, blue jeans and red shoes and police said he may be driving a black SUV.

The UVA police said Multiple law enforcement agencies are working to arrest Jones, including the Virginia State Police, who have deployed helicopters.

University president Jim Ryan said he was “heartbroken” to report that the shooting had resulted in three deaths and said the university is working closely to support the families of the victims.

What we don’t know

Two victims were injured in the shooting and are receiving medical care, Ryan said in a statement. He said the university will share additional details “as soon as we are able,” adding that the institution will “keep our community updated on developments as the situation evolves.”

Crucial Quote

“This is a message every leader hopes they never have to send,” Ryan wrote in a statement about the shooting. “I am devastated that this violence has visited the University of Virginia.”