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3 football players killed in UVA shooting 

Ex-football player kills three students: D’Sean Perry (left), Lavel Davis Jr. (middle) and Devin Chandler (right). (Photo Credit: Virginia Cavaliers Athletics)

A shooting at the University of Viriginia (UVA) left three students dead and two injured late Sunday evening. Suspected shooter Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., 22, was placed in police custody following the campus-wide lockdown and 12-hour manhunt. 

The students killed were all UVA junior football players: Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr. and D’Sean Perry. The other two injured students were identified as Marlee Morgan and Michael Hollins by the Albemarle County prosecutor. Both were admitted and treated at a nearby hospital for injuries. Hollins is intubated but stable, and Morgan was released. 

According to officials, Jones and the other students had gone on a school field trip to Washington, D.C., to see a play. When they returned, the victims were gunned down on and near their charter bus on the Charlottesville campus.  

For SUNY Brockport students like senior Cassondra Carroll, this shooting just serves as a reminder that students aren’t always safe. 

“It makes me feel scared, like it could happen to anyone, anywhere,” Carroll said. “In college we think we’re safe, and then something like this happens and you realize that just because we’re spread out on campus doesn’t mean it can’t happen to us. It can happen anywhere.” 

Jones, a former football player himself, is facing three counts of second-degree murder, three counts of using a handgun in the commission of a felony, two counts of malicious wounding and two firearm charges, according to UVA Police Chief Tim Longo. 

During a court hearing in Charlottesville on Wednesday, the suspect was denied bond when new information regarding Jones came to light. It was revealed during the hearing that he had been charged and convicted for a hit and run, reckless driving and a concealed weapon last year, all resulting in suspended sentences.  

Following the hearing, online records show that Jones is still being held in Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail. 

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