A gunman killed three people in a violent act on the campus of the University of Virginia in the eastern United States. Two others were injured, the university and police said Monday night in Charlottesville. A university student is an urgent suspect. He’s on the run and armed. He is considered dangerous and may be driving a black SUV. The background was initially unclear.
After the crime Sunday around 10:30 p.m. local time, people on campus were asked to get to safety and not go outside. The site was cordoned off and classes for Monday were cancelled.
The police responsible for the university have issued a description of the alleged shooter. She gave no details about the victims. It is not known whether they were also students. Helicopters are also being used in the search.
Bodies discovered in Idaho
Hours earlier, the bodies of four students were discovered in an apartment near the campus of the University of Idaho in the northwestern United States. The university said they were likely victims of a murder, citing investigators. Again, the background was unknown.
The US has long struggled with mass gun violence. Firearms are often readily available in the country. According to the latest data from the health authority CDC, about 20,000 people were shot in the US alone in 2020 – more than 50 a day. In 2020, firearm injuries were the number one cause of death among children and young people for the first time – even before traffic accidents.