Virginia football shooting updates: Ex-player Chris Jones in custody for killings of three active players

Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. has been arrested as the University of Virginia mourns

Local police have arrested former Virginia walk-on football player Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., who has been identified as the lone gunman who killed three members of the 2022 Cavaliers football team and injured two others on campus Sunday night in Charlottesville, Virginia. Football players Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr. and D’Sean Perry were all fatally shot, according to University of Virginia president Jim Ryan.

Two other students were hospitalized for gunshot wounds. Mike Hollins, also a member of the football team, was moved from the ICU after two successful surgeries, his family confirmed Wednesday. Hollins was initially listed in critical condition after a gunshot wound to the back.

Marlee Morgan, the other student wounded in the shooting, is not a member of the football team and in good condition.

Jones is initially being charged with three counts of second degree murder and three counts of using a handgun in commission of a felony, though the charges could change. UVA police chief Tim Longo was alerted during a Monday morning press conference that Jones was taken into custody around 11 a.m. ET.

Jones, an active student at Virginia but no longer a member of the football team, is accused of shooting five people on a bus at the Culbreth Garage parking deck on UVA Central Grounds at around 10:16 p.m. on Sunday. The shooting occurred following a class trip to see a play in Washington, D.C., according to Ryan.

“I cannot find the words to express the devastation and heartache that our team is feeling today after the tragic events last night that resulted in the deaths of Lavel, D’Sean and Devin, and the others who were injured,” said coach Tony Elliott in a statement. “These were incredible young men with huge aspirations and extremely bright futures. Our hearts ache for their families, their classmates and their friends. These precious young men were called away too soon. We are all fortunate to have them be a part of our lives. They touched us, inspired us and worked incredibly hard as representatives of our program, university and community. Rest in peace, young men.”

A shelter in place order was lifted late Monday morning after the Virginia campus was locked down with classes canceled as a “thorough search” for Jones was completed. Charlottesville City Schools also canceled classes for more than 4,000 local students.

“This is an unimaginably sad day for our community,” Ryan said. “The entire university community is grieving this morning. My heart is broken for the victims and their families and for all of those who knew and loved them. They are all in my prayers. When I see our students, I see my own kids. I cannot imagine anything worse for a parent than to lose a child. Please know that we will do everything we can to honor their lives and will come together soon as a community to mourn these losses.”

Virginia’s final home game of the season against Coastal Carolina, scheduled for Saturday, was canceled on Wednesday. No decision has been made on whether the Cavaliers will play their last game of the season at rival Virginia Tech on Nov. 26.

CBS Sports is actively updating this story with the latest on the Virginia shooting below.

Family of Mike Hollins issues statement on recovery
Mike Hollins, a Virginia football player who was one of two people wounded in Sunday’s shooting, has been moved out of ICU following a pair of successful surgeries and is on the road to recovery, according to a statement form his family.

The full statement can be found below:

“We want to start by thanking God for His grace that continues to guide our family through this unspeakable tragedy. In the last 48 hours, Mike has successfully made it through two surgeries. We want to thank his doctors and care team at University of Virginia Hospital. In the coming days and weeks, Mike will begin the long process of healing.

Mike’s tenacity, dedication, and his huge heart have propelled him to achieve everything he’s set his mind to—not just on the football field, but as a student set to graduate in December on the Academic Honor Roll. He’s committed to facing his recovery with the same fortitude. But it’s Mike’s warmth and genuine affection for others that have always drawn people to him, and we’ve been overwhelmed with gratitude for the outpouring of support we’ve received from those who have come to love him.

As Mike starts down the path toward healing– physically, emotionally and spiritually– the process will take time. We ask that you respect his privacy and continue giving him space to mend.

To the Chandler, Perry, and Davis families – you have not left our prayers since Sunday night. Our hearts are broken for you, and we will continue to hold Devin, D’Sean, and Lavel in our hearts. May the Lord grant you His peace that surpasses all understanding.

Mike, our family, and our entire community pray for God’s grace and wisdom as we try to make sense of this tragedy and move forward toward forgiveness.”

Victim shot while asleep
University of Virginia shooting victim Devin Chandler was asleep when he was killed while returning from a field trip, according to prosecutors from the Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office. The attack appeared to be targeted, and witnesses claimed Jones was “not randomly shooting” during the incident that took place at a campus parking garage at 10:30 p.m. on Sunday after the class returned from a field trip to Washington, D.C., to watch a play.

Virginia knew of Jones’ prior charges
The University of Virginia admitted that it knew about weapons charges levied against murder suspect Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. weeks before his deadly attack but failed to discipline him. Jones was previously convicted of a concealed weapons misdemeanor in 2021 after a traffic stop and given a 12-month suspended sentence. By school policy, Jones was required to disclose his conviction to the school, but never did so.

The Office of Student Affairs discovered his conviction after a student told the administration that Jones claimed to have a gun on campus. Early research into his case revealed the misdemeanor conviction, and the Office of Student Affairs moved to begin the process of disciplinary action on Oct. 27. However, the complaint had not reached the University Judiciary Committee before Jones allegedly murdered three Virginia football players and wounded two others.

Fifth victim identified; additional charges added
Marlee Morgan, a sophomore student from Houston, Texas, has been identified as the fifth victim in Sunday’s shooting. Morgan, the lone victim who was not a member of the football team, was reported to be the student in stable condition and released Tuesday, while the other survivor, Mike Hollins, has undergone multiple surgeries. Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., the man identified as the shooter, will now face two additional charges of malicious wounding for Morgan and Hollins.

Game vs. Coastal Carolina canceled
Virginia announced Wednesday morning that its game against Coastal Carolina on Saturday has been canceled in wake of the shooting. There is no decision yet about the Cavaliers’ season finale at Virginia Tech next week. Coastal Carolina athletic director Matt Hogue and head coach Jamey Chadwell released statements affirming UVA’s decision.

“As much as we love gameday and the spirit it brings, there is a time when the sanctity of life and sustaining of a community take precedence,” Hogue said. “This is one of those times. We fully support the decision and will continue offering our assistance and contribute however we can toward the healing of our friends and colleagues at UVA.”

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