Three Virginia football players killed; former player in custody

A former University of Virginia football player suspected of killing three football players and wounding two other students on campus late Sunday night is in custody after a manhunt in Charlottesville.

During a news conference on Monday, University of Virginia president Jim Ryan said three Cavaliers football players were shot and killed: junior receiver Lavel Davis Jr. of Dorchester, South Carolina; junior receiver Devin Chandler of Huntersville, North Carolina; and junior defensive end/linebacker D’Sean Perry of Miami.

Police said the suspect in the shooting, identified as Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., has been taken into custody. University of Virginia police chief Tim Longo said Jones had been arrested and charged with three counts of second-degree murder and three counts of using a handgun in the commission of a felony.

Jones was listed as a freshman running back on the team’s 2018 roster.

Ryan said two other students were shot and were hospitalized; he said one was in good condition and one is in critical condition. They were not identified.

Ryan said the shooting took place on a charter bus after students returned to campus from a field trip.

Monday’s men’s basketball matchup between Northern Iowa and Virginia has been canceled