The University of Virginia’s main campus in Charlottesville is on lockdown following reports of a shooting, and a suspect has been identified, the University of Virginia Police Department said.
Police tweeted that there was a shooting on Culbreth Road. A campus shelter-in-place was ordered at approximately 10:40 pm ET.
It is currently unclear if there have been any injuries or deaths.
After warning on social media about the lockdown, the police Later tweeted They are looking for Christopher Darnell Jones in connection with the shooting and that he may be in a black SUV. Earlier, the tweet had warned not to approach the suspect as he was believed to be armed.
UVA’s Office of Emergency Management shared on social media An email From the university vice president who said it was sent to the student body.
Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer Robin S. Hadley said she was in direct communication with university leadership and police and that it was “scary” to be sheltering in texts on university grounds.
“Please take shelter in place commands seriously as the situation remains active. The suspect is armed and dangerous. “If you’re inside and not safe, seek safety immediately,” Hadley said, adding that multiple police jurisdictions are working to locate the suspect.
This is a developing story and will be updated.