The 22-year-old man accused of killing three people and wounding two others at the University of Virginia is now in custody.
Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., 22, was the target of a police manhunt that shut down the U-Va. campus in Charlottesville for nearly 12 hours.
The suspected shooter, Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., is a former UVA football player. He was taken into custody just before 11 a.m. Monday in Henrico County, about 75 miles southeast of Charlottesville, Henrico Police said in a statement. Ryan said Jones, 22, is a student at the 22,000-student school.
The shooting prompted a universitywide shelter-in-place order that lasted about 12 hours. University Police Chief Timothy Longo received word that Jones was in custody during the briefing.
“Just give me a moment to thank God, breathe a sigh of relief,” Longo said.
The University of Virginia lifted the campuswide lockdown Monday, hours after three people were killed and two injured in a shooting near a parking garage on campus, authorities said.
“UPDATE: The UVA shelter-in-place order has been lifted based upon a thorough search on and around Grounds. A large police presence will remain,” the UVA Police Department tweeted at 10:30 am Monday.
Police said a shooting was reported at about 10:40 pm Sunday on the northern edge of campus, tweeting: “UVA Alert: ACTIVE ATTACKER firearm reported in area of Culbreth Road. RUN HIDE FIGHT.”
University President Jim Ryan said counseling and psychological services would be made available to students. Classes were canceled Monday.