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Who is Christopher Darnell Jones? Manhunt for two-time ‘Student of the Year' University of Virginia shooting suspect ends in arrest

WRIC Richmond logo WRIC Richmond 11/14/2022 Kassidy Hammond
Who is Christopher Darnell Jones? Manhunt for two-time ‘Student of the Year' University of Virginia shooting suspect ends in arrest © Provided by WRIC Richmond Who is Christopher Darnell Jones? Manhunt for two-time ‘Student of the Year' University of Virginia shooting suspect ends in arrest
READ: University of Virginia announces deadly campus shooting suspect has been taken into custody

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WRIC) - An overnight manhunt for the man believed to have killed three people and injured two in a shooting at the University of Virginia ended Monday with the suspect’s arrest in Henrico County.

The tragic shooting occurred near the heart of campus, on Culbreth Road, just before 11 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13.

University football players Lavel Davis Jr., Devin Chandler and D’Sean Perry were confirmed to have been killed in the shooting. Two additional victims were taken to the hospital with injuries, one is in critical condition, and one is in good condition, according to the school.

Henrico County Police say the suspect, identified as Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. was taken into custody without incident around 11 a.m. in the 5700 block of Edgelawn Street, on the border of Henrico and Richmond.

Manhunt underway: Three dead, 2 hurt after shooting on University of Virginia campus

Who is Christopher Darnell Jones Jr.?

Jones is currently enrolled as a student at UVA, where he was a member of the football team in 2018. The 5-foot-9-inch, 195-pound man is from Petersburg, where he played linebacker and running back at Petersburg High School for his senior year. He also has ties to Henrico County, where he spent his first three years of high school at Varina.

Christopher Darnell Jones (Courtesy: University of Virginia Police) © Provided by WRIC Richmond Christopher Darnell Jones (Courtesy: University of Virginia Police)

In high school, Jones had success in academics, earning ‘Student of the Year’ twice at Varina. He also earned honorable mention all-conference as a freshman and second-team accolades as a sophomore and junior. Jones was a member of the National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, president of Key Club and president of Jobs for Virginia Grads Program.

Jones has three siblings.

Jones was the only suspect identified in the deadly Sunday night shooting. The University of Virginia campus remained on lockdown almost 12 hours after the shooting, with students sheltering in place across school grounds.

Classes at the university were canceled Monday, and Charlottesville and Albemarle County schools were closed “out of an abundance of caution” as the manhunt continued.

The University of Virginia Police Department advised the public to call 911, and not approach if they saw Jones. He was last known to be wearing a burgundy jacket, blue jeans and red shoes, and police said he may be driving a black SUV with the Virginia license plate number TWX-3580.

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