A shooting took place this Sunday evening on a university campus in the state of Virginia, killing three people and injuring two. The suspect has been arrested.
Three members of the University of Virginia (UVA) football team in the eastern United States were killed in a shooting Sunday night in which the suspect, a former team member, claimed been arrested, the authorities said Monday, November 14 at a press conference.
This killing on the main campus of the UVA in Charlottesville, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, also injured two other students, one of them seriously, said the president of this university, Jim Ryan.
Suspect charged with murder
Local police chief Timothy Longo added that the suspect, Christopher Darnell Jones Jr, a 22-year-old UVA student, had been arrested, without giving details as to how the arrest took place. He was charged with murder, according to the Washington Post.
The shooting took place on a bus as the students were returning from a field trip where they had attended a play, president Jim Ryan said. The campus, cordoned off all night and crisscrossed by patrols and helicopters in search of the suspect before his arrest, has now reopened, said Jim Ryan. Classes for the day have been cancelled.
«It’s a day of incredible sadness“, he said at the press conference. “The whole university is in mourning this morning.He called those with “Need help» to call upon the resources deployed by the university, in particular psychological support.
The Governor of Virginia, Glenn Youngkin, evoking on Twitter a “horrible tragedy“where families’ lives have been”changed forever“, praised the work of the police which led to the arrest. School shootings are common in the United States, and each time rekindle the debate on better regulation of firearms.
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In April 2007, such a tragedy had already struck Virginia: an unbalanced student had shot dead 32 people on the campus of Virginia Tech University, in Blacksburg, before committing suicide.
Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine said on Twitter on Monday, “deeply moved to learn that new residents of Virginia have been wiped out by gun violence».
Drama in Idaho
The emotion caused by this tragedy was further amplified by the announcement of the discovery on Sunday of the lifeless bodies of four students from another establishment, the University of Idaho (West).
«It is with great sadness that I share with you information notified to the university today of the deaths of four University of Idaho students who lived off campus and were allegedly victims of homicide“, said the president of this establishment Scott Green in a press release.
No “direct threat”
Police in the city of Moscow, where the bodies were found, have opened an investigation. However, the police consider that the situation does not present any “direct threatadded Scott Green.
A third incident added to tensions on Monday morning, when Oakland University, near Detroit, Michigan (northern United States), asked its students and staff not to go to its campus, where the police was looking for two armed suspects, before indicating a few hours later that everything was back to normal.