A SUSPECTED gunman allegedly uttered the chilling words, ”You guys are always messing with me,” before executing his ex-teammates in cold blood.
Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., 22, had travelled with a group of his former teammates to Washington on Sunday afternoon before returning to the University of 弗吉尼亚州 campus.
Juniors D’Sean Perry, Lavel Davis Jr. and Devin Chandler were killed on the school bus after returning to campus around 10.30pm.
Ryan Lynch, a sophomore football player, claimed Jones pulled out a gun and pushed one of the football players before shooting them dead.
In his chilling last words before he allegedly opened fire, he told his teammates: ”You guys are always messing with me.”
Lynch said he then “just sort of walked or skipped off the bus”, 今日美国 报告.
他加了: “They just kept coming, more and more gunshots – just wouldn’t stop.”
The father of the gunman, Christopher Darnell Jones Sr., said he could tell something was wrong when he last spoke to his son in October.
Jones told his father people were picking on him and he ”didn’t know how to handle it”.
“Why did it have to get this far? I don’t know what to say except I’m sorry on his behalf, and I apologise. He’s not a bad kid. He really isn’t,” Jones Sr. 说.
The alleged deranged actions of Jones prompted a 12-hour lockdown on campus and the cancellation of classes for two days as the campus mourned their classmates.
Junior running back Mike Hollins was also wounded during the incident and has undergone his second surgery, according to his mother.
Tony Elliott, UVA’s football coach, recalled Davis, Perry, and Chandler as great teammates and quirks that made them stand out on their own.
Davis was gentle, with a fierce love for his teammates, and set an example for his teammates while practicing.
Perry was a dedicated player with a wicked sense of humor and a studio art major who loved pottery, 艺术, and classical music.
Chandler had recently transferred from Wisconsin and loved to dance, sing and compete with his teammates.
Chandler transferred in from Wisconsin and had yet to play at Virginia.
The Sunday night incident has left the Charlottesville community reeling, as they grapple with an act of unprecedented violence.
Virginia has a history of violent mass shootings, with another university, Virginia Tech, 输 32 students in the third-deadliest mass shooting in the United States.