UVa. Suspect 'Waited Until They Got Back ... and Just Shot Up the Bus'

Students had been attending a play in Washington
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 15, 2022 1:41 AM CST
Updated Nov 15, 2022 7:01 AM CST
UVa Shooting Took Place as Bus Returned to Campus
Luke Sommers, of Centerville,Va., takes a moment to himself as he gathers for a candlelight vigil after a shooting that left three students dead the night before at the University of Virginia, Monday, Nov. 14, 2022, in Charlottesville, Va.   (Shaban Athuman/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

As a bus full of University of Virginia students returned to the Charlottesville campus after a class field trip Sunday, one of the students on the charter bus allegedly started shooting. Three UVa football players were killed and two others were injured in the shooting, and the campus was locked down for 12 hours before the suspected gunman was captured in Henrico County, more than an hour away, WRIC reports. The father of one of the injured students tells the Washington Post his son knew the alleged shooter because they were both on the school's football team, though the suspect hadn't been on the team for at least a year. The suspect "waited until they all got back to Charlottesville, and he just shot up the bus," the father says.

The students had been in Washington seeing a play before the shooting took place near a parking garage on campus, the AP reports. The suspect faces three counts of second-degree murder and three counts of using a handgun in the commission of a felony. He had previously been investigated by the university's threat-assessment team after someone reported a comment he made about owning a gun in September; that tip came as part of a separate hazing investigation also involving the suspect. The case was escalated for disciplinary action late last month, but there was no report of a specific threat associated with the comment about a gun. (More University of Virginia stories.)

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