Virginia State Police this week will take over the investigation into a shooting at the University of Virginia that left three football players dead and two other students injured, officials said Thursday.
The move came at the request of the University of Virginia and its police department, which was handling a high-profile investigation into the killings on the charter bus when the group of about 25 students returned from a field trip in Washington. Sunday night
“As the investigation has expanded across multiple jurisdictions, VSP is able to bring additional resources and personnel to this active and complex investigation,” state police said in a statement.
Virginia State Police have been involved in the investigation since the early stages of the shooting, the university said. U-W. The Albemarle County Police Department, the Charlottesville Police Department, the Virginia Attorney General’s Office, federal prosecutors, the FBI, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will be involved in the investigation.
Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., 23, faces three counts of second-degree murder and other charges for killing Chandler, Davis Jr. and Perry.
During his initial court appearance Wednesday, Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney James Hingley said a witness told investigators Jones appeared to be targeting some people when he fired at the bus. Hingeli said one of the victims was shot in his sleep.
A judge ordered Jones held on bond until his next court appearance on Dec. 8. The cause of the shooting is under investigation.
Virginia State Police are expected to release an update on the case later Thursday.