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Three dead, two injured in shooting on University of Virginia campus

Police identified a student, Christopher Darnell Jones, as the suspect and warned people to shelter in place.

A shooting on the University of Virginia campus killed three people and wounded two others, police said in a tweet.

University police identified a student, Christopher Darnell Jones, as the suspect and said multiple agencies were conducting an active search.

Police also warned everyone to stay safe at the scene.

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“As of this writing, I am heartbroken to report that the shooting has resulted in three deaths; two additional victims were injured and are receiving medical care,” university president James E Ryan wrote in a message to the community Monday morning.

“We are working closely with the families of the victims and will share additional details as soon as we can.

“Our University Police Department has joined forces with other law enforcement agencies to apprehend the suspect, and we will keep our community informed of developments as the situation evolves.

Monday classes have been canceled and counseling and psychological support will be made available to students and teachers, Ryan added.

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Eva Surovell, editor-in-chief of the Cavalier Daily student newspaper, told The Washington Post that people are “genuinely scared.”

“The minute we all got the message that there was an active shooter, my phone was flooded with messages,” he said. “You really don’t think something like this could happen to your community until it happens.”

This is not the first time a college campus in Virginia has witnessed a shooting.

In February of this year, two campus police officers were shot and killed at Bridgewater College following reports of a suspicious man near a school building.

In 2007, Virginia Tech experienced one of the worst mass shootings in US history when a college student killed 32 people before committing suicide on April 16 of that year.

Sunday’s shooting is the latest in a wave of gun violence on US college and high school campuses in recent years. The bloodshed has fueled a debate over tighter restrictions on access to weapons in the country.

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