In an unfathomable tragedy Sunday night in Charlottesville, a former walk-on football player at the University of Virginia allegedly shot and killed three current football players and wounded two other students. The suspect was apprehended this morning.
At a press conference earlier today, UVA president Jim Ryan announced that junior wide receiver Lavel Davis Jr., junior WR Devin Chandler and junior DE/LB D’Sean Perry were shot and killed. The suspect is Darnell Jones Jr, who has been charged with three counts of second-degree murder and three counts of using a handgun in the commission of a felony.
Ryan did not identify the other shooting victims, who are both hospitalized. He said one was in critical condition and the other was in good condition.
Jones was only on UVA’s roster in 2018. He played prep ball at Petersburg High School and Varina HS in Virginia.
The UVA police department sent out the following tweet late Sunday night.
The shooting reportedly occurred around 10:30 p.m. ET. last night in a parking garage on campus. A group of students had attended a play in Washington, D.C., for a class field trip. A manhunt ensued and a shelter-in-place order on campus was lifted at 10:33 a.m. ET. this morning after the UVA Police Dept. finished a “thorough search on and around” campus.
In eight games this year, Davis had 16 receptions for 371 yards and two touchdowns. In 2020, he had 20 catches for 515 yards and five TDs. Davis didn’t play in 2021 due to knee surgery.
Perry had played in three games this season, contributing seven tackles, including two in Saturday’s 37-7 home loss to Pittsburgh. In 2020, he recorded one tackle and one interception that he returned 84 yards for a TD.
Chandler had two receptions for 28 yards in 2020 when he was a freshman. He had not played in a game this year.
UVA’s men’s basketball team was scheduled to host Northern Iowa tonight, but that game has been cancelled.