BREAKING: Suspect in UVA active shooting identified as former football player Christopher Darnell Jones

"ACTIVE ATTACKER firearm reported in area of Culbreth Road. RUN HIDE FIGHT."

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UPDATE: As of Monday morning, police are continuing to search for 23-year-old suspect Christopher Darnell Jones, who is still considered to be armed and dangerous. One victim has been identified as student D'Sean Perry, a linebacker for the school's football team who had played in a game on Saturday, according to the Daily Mail

In High School, Jones was a member of the National Honor Society, the National Technical Honor Society, served as president of the Key Club, president of the Jobs for Virginia Grads Program, and was named Student of the Year as a freshman and sophomore.

A Richmond Times-Dispatch profile on the then-high school graduate Jones stated that he grew up in Essex Village and Mosby Court housing complexes in Richmond, his father left when Jones was young, and that he frequently got into fights in school.

UPDATE: According to a letter released by UVA president Jim Ryan, 3 people are dead and 2 are injured. The identities of the victims have not yet been released. The suspect Christopher Darnell Jones remains at large and is considered armed and dangerous. Classes at the university have been canceled for Monday.

UPDATE: UVA police Deputy Chief Bryant Hall has released information on the suspect 23-year-old Christopher Darnell Jones, who was last seen wearing a burgundy jacket or hoodie, blue jeans, and red shoes. According to a local NBC affiliate, he was on a UVA football roster in 2018. Originally from Petersburg, VA, he went to Varina HS for 3 years and Petersburg HS for his senior year.

UPDATE: The suspect might be driving a black SUV VA TAG TWX3580. Multiple law enforcement agencies including a VA state police helicopter are actively searching for the suspect.

The University of Virginia reported an "active attacker" with a firearm on its Charlottesville campus Sunday night. Students were told to run, hide, or fight.

There are early reports of possible fatalities.

According to the official Twitter account of the University of Virginia Office of Emergency Management, "ACTIVE ATTACKER firearm reported in area of Culbreth Road. RUN HIDE FIGHT."

According to warnings sent out to the community, shots were fired near the Culbreth Garage.

UVA police Deputy Chief Bryant Hall later released images of the 23-year-old suspect Christopher Darnell Jones, who was on a UVA football roster in 2018. According to a local NBC affiliate he is originally from Petersburg VA and went to Varina HS for 3 years and Petersburg HS for his senior year. He is still at large and is described as a black male wearing a burgundy jacket or hoodie, blue jeans, and red shoes and should be considered armed and dangerous.

Images and video taken by local media at the scene show police and first responders on-site as well as police searching with K-9 units.

President of the university Jim Ryan tweeted, "There has been a shooting on Culbreth Road and the suspect is at large and considered armed and dangerous."

He asked the community to follow the UVA emergency Twitter account for updated alerts and for the community to shelter in place.

The UVA police department asked people on campus to "REACH OUT TO FRIENDS & FAMILY TO ADVISE OF YOUR STATUS."

Family and friends with questions about the event are encouraged to call UVA's Emergency Hotline at 877-685-4836.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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