University of Virginia Shooting

Image of Devin Chandler, D’Sean Perry and Lavel Davis Jr.

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On November 13, 2022 Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. shot and killed three people and injured two returning to the university campus on a charter bus after it was returning from a class trip to Washington D.C.. Four victims involved in the incident were on the University of Virginia football team, including the three who died and one who was injured. The three victims who passed were Devin Chandler, D’Sean Perry, and Lavel Davis Jr.. Following an over 12 hour search for Jones he was taken into custody just before noon the following day.

Following the events there was information found out about Jones that was concerning the escalation up to his horrible actions. Starting already in September a fellow peer reported that Jones had made the statement of owning a gun, however, it was not made in the form of a threat. In October the Threat Assessment Team for the university brought the case for disciplinary action. This highlights one of the changes that was seen in the Virginia Tech shooting with the governor requiring all public schools to implement this Threat Assessment Team. While there is still more information to be confirmed about the weapon that Jones used, it is known that he was denied multiple times when attempting to purchase firearms for both being underage and then failing a background check. This is further evidence to the change of the Virginia Tech shooting since there was a more comprehensive program to provide background checks on individuals.1

When looking into this tragic event, while it hit especially close to home since I was in Charlottesville, Virginia when this occurred, it was informative to learn about the safety measures that the university had in place. There were multiple instances where improved safety measures, that were a direct result of the Virginia Tech shooting, had attempted to prevent this incident. While the incredibly saddening fact that students were still murdered on a college campus it highlights the important changes that have started to occur to better protect students on campuses.

  1. Almasy et al., “What We Know about the Suspect in the University of Virginia Shooting Rampage That Left 3 Football Players Dead.” ↩︎

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