A male suspect believed to be behind the shooting of three University of Virginia (UVA) football players has been arrested on Monday, November 14, in eastern Henrico.

He was identified as Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., arrested by authorities following the shooting incident that happened on Sunday, Nov. 13.

The shooting incident left three people dead, all allegedly members of the football team. There were also two other individuals wounded from the unfortunate shooting.

“[Henrico Police] has been following the developments by UVA Police regarding last night’s shooting. During the overnight hours, our patrol bureau across the county was on the lookout for the vehicle Christopher Jones was believed to be driving," a Henrico Police spokesperson stated. "This morning, an officer spotted the vehicle in Henrico’s eastern area of the county. Jones was subsequently safely taken into custody, without incident."

According to the WTRV reported, two of the football players who were shot were found inside a bus that had just returned from a class field trip to see a play.

Jones is not facing three counts of second-degree murder and three counts of using a handgun to commit a felony.

“I just need a moment to thank God and breathe a sigh of relief,” University of Virginia Police Chief Tim Longo stated during a press conference held on Monday.

It was learned that Jones was also a student from UVA and was a member of the football team. He also attended Varina High School and Petersburg High School where he was also a football player, WRIC reported.

According to University of Virginia Police Chief Tim Longo, Jones has been involved in an alleged hazing investigation but no details were divulged but the police chief added that the case was closed since witnesses failed to cooperate.

In 2018 via the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Jones also said that getting into fights at school was his way of relieving stress.

UVA Shooting
Flowers left outside Scott Stadium at a makeshift memorial for three University of Virginia football players killed during an overnight shooting at the university on November 14, 2022 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Getty Images | Win McNamee

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