Charlottesville (Virginia) — Classes were canceled at the University of Virginia on Monday morning while police searched for a student involved in a shooting that occurred last night. In a letter to the community, the university’s president confirmed that three people had been killed and two more were injured in Sunday’s shooting.
UVA shooting suspect
The suspect was identified by UVA President Jim Ryan Jr. and the UVA Police force. A “complete search” of the campus was underway.
Students and staff were urged to take refuge in their homes on Sunday night after reports of shots being fired at the campus. Twitter alert: University emergency management issued an alert about an “active attacker firearm” at 10:42 pm. Ryan tweeted that there was a shooting at Culbreth Road and that the suspect was at large. He is armed and dangerous and asked the university community to shelter in place.
Ryan sent the letter to the university community with the message, saying that he was “heartbroken” to report that three people had been killed in the shooting. Two others were also hospitalized with unspecified injuries.
A notice was also posted online by the UVA Police Department stating that multiple agencies were looking for a suspect considered “armed or dangerous.”
Ryan stated in his Monday morning email that only essential staff should be allowed to work.
According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, a student at UVA was in her dorm room near Culbreth Road when she heard six shots being fired.