Police have arrested on Monday Christopher Darnell-Jones, a 22-year-old man who is the prime suspect in Sunday’s shooting at the University of Virginia. Darnell Jones opened fire on the bus that was taking the students back to the university campus, killing three of them.
The University’s police chief, Timothy Longo, indicated at a press conference that Jones is a student at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and that this Sunday he had joined 25 other students on a trip to Washington where they went to see a play theater and ate together.
When the students returned to campus, Jones opened fire on his classmates. The newspaper Washington Post He points out that he acted motivated by revenge. According to this newspaper, Jones He became part of the University football team in 2018, but that season he did not play a single game.
JUST IN: UVA shooting suspect in custody, per police.
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The three fatalities were part of the American football team. And, in addition to the deceased, there are two other students who have been injured by the shots.
The suspect fled after the attack. and there was a chase that lasted for 24 hours. Finally, he was arrested this Monday, around 11:00 a.m. local time (5:00 p.m. Spanish peninsular time). Three counts of second-degree murder weigh on him, three for the use of a firearm and another for a misdemeanor.
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The police spokesman explained that in the past, a university threat assessment team had investigated him for “some kind of hazing”, although the investigation was closed due to the lack of cooperation from witnesses.
In those investigations it was found that Jones had been involved in a previous criminal event related to the legal obligation to carry firearms concealed and not in public.
In a statement, White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said that “Too many families in America bear the terrible burden of gun violence.”.
Legislation passed in June to increase gun control is not enough, he added. “We must do more. We need to enact an assault weapons ban to get weapons of war off the streets,” he added.
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