Additional charges were announced Tuesday against a man charged with shooting at the University of Virginia over the weekend, killing three football players and injuring two before his first court appearance on Wednesday.
Albemarle County federal attorney James Hingelly told CNN that the new charges are two counts of malicious bodily injury, each with a firearms charge, against the man injured in Sunday’s mass shooting. He said the two were related.
According to a UVA spokesperson, the class saw a play in Washington, D.C.
Suspect Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. was on a bus during the trip, school spokesperson Brian Coy confirmed.
Jones also faces three counts of second-degree murder and three counts of using a handgun in a felony, UVA Police Chief Timothy Longo Sr. previously said.
Jones’ first hearing will take place Wednesday morning at Albemarle District Court, court records show.
“At his first court appearance, the defendant will be informed of his rights to counsel,” Hingley said. The court may also conduct a preliminary bail review.”
Jones was arrested Monday afternoon in Henrico County, about 80 miles east of Charlottesville, and transferred to the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail Tuesday afternoon.
When it announced the surcharge on Tuesday night, Hingely identified those injured in the shooting as Marley Morgan and Michael Hollins.
Hollins, a junior running back on the college football team, was intubated but stable on Tuesday morning, according to his family.CNN reached out to Marley Morgan’s family.
UVA Health spokesman Eric Swensen told CNN the status of the two injured on Tuesday, saying one has been discharged from the hospital and the other is in serious condition. did not specify.
The three football players killed in the shooting were previously identified as Devin Chandler, Ravel Davis Jr. and Deshawn Perry.
UVA student Ryan Lynch told CNN affiliate KYW-TV that he was on the bus where the shooting took place and saw Jones push one of the victims.
“Chris stood up and pushed Ravel,” Lynch said. “After he pushed him, he was like, ‘You guys are always making fun of me.’ , it was very strange.
Then there was the sound of gunfire.
“They kept coming and more and more gunshots,” Lynch told KYW. “We thought he was going to shoot everyone on the bus.”
But “it looks like the shooter just walked or jumped off the bus,” Lynch said.
Jones was the subject of a lawsuit pending before the university’s judicial council because of the unfolding Sunday shootings, officials said.
“On Sept. 15, while reviewing potential haze issues, UVA’s Student Affairs Department heard from a student that Jones made comments about gun ownership,” a university spokesperson said. One Brian Coy said.
Coy said the person “did not see Mr Jones in possession of a gun” and “the comments about possession of a gun were not made in connection with any threats”.
“During the course of the investigation, university officials spoke with Mr. Jones’ roommate and found nothing to indicate the presence of weapons. I found that I had been tried, convicted, and given a 12-month suspended sentence and a small fine for the misdemeanor of concealing a weapon in a cloakroom.”
During the investigation, Coy said: Jones has repeatedly refused to cooperate with university officials who sought additional information about his allegations that he had a firearm and his failure to disclose previous misdemeanor convictions.
“The threat assessment team escalated his case to disciplinary action on October 27,” said Coy.
The school’s judicial council has taken over the case, pending its outcome, Longo, the school’s police chief, said.
Jones was also involved in a Hayes investigation on a campus that was closed because witnesses did not cooperate, Longo said.
Jones is listed as a 2018 football player on UVA’s athletics website and has not played in any games as a freshman. A UVA spokesperson told CNN Jones that he had a pre-existing injury that prevented him from playing for the football team in 2018.
Jones underwent treatment and rehabilitation during his time with the team, and was only part of the team for one season, a spokesperson said.
“What I do know is that the young man has been a student since 2018 and has been a walk-on in our soccer program for one semester,” UVA Athletics director Carla Williams said Tuesday. .
UVA football head coach Tony Elliott spoke publicly on Tuesday for the first time since the shooting. He described the days after the attack as a nightmare.
“I’m ready for someone to pinch me up and say this didn’t happen,” Elliott said, adding that Tuesday was much better. Happy life to Ravel, DiShawn and Devin. ”
The deaths of players Chandler, Davis Jr. and Perry left three big holes in a team that felt more like family than anything else, the coach said. He called Chandler “the star of the party,” Davis “the big guy on campus,” and Perry “the quiet guy everyone wanted to know.”
Elliott praised his team and staff for working together to handle the shoot. Elliott said the team will inspire him to keep pushing forward. At the same time, the staff is on a mission to ensure that the team has all the resources they need and that no one is left alone, he said.
“My message to the team is to celebrate their lives ahead, the impact they have made so far, and the legacy they leave behind to help us move forward,” said Elliott. I got
As teams and communities mourn, questions remain about the future of football and the logistics of the entire university. UVA classes are scheduled to resume on Wednesday, Mike Mather, managing editor of UVA Today, told CNN Tuesday afternoon.
The Cavaliers are also scheduled to play Saturday against the Coastal Carolina.
Williams said the athletics department, along with the football team and staff, will decide whether to play on Saturday.
“We will make our best decisions,” she said late Tuesday. “We will make decisions soon.”
Correction: An earlier version of this article misspelled the surname of UVA Health spokesperson Eric Swensen.