Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. was the target of a police manhunt that has shut down the U-Va. campus in Charlottesville for nearly 12 hours.

University Of Virginia Campus Mass Shooting Suspect Christopher Darnell Jones In Custody

Mass Shooting Suspect Christopher Darnell Jones Now In Custody

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.”

The University of Virginia lifted a campuswide lockdown Monday, hours after three people were killed and two injured in a shooting near a parking garage on campus, authorities said.

University President Jim Ryan said counseling and psychological services would be made available to students. Classes were canceled Monday. 

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