University of Virginia campus advised to shelter in place after reported shooting, with suspect still at large

By Susannah Cullinane and Tina Burnside, CNN

(CNN) -- The University of Virginia's main campus in Charlottesville is on lockdown following reports of a shooting and an alleged suspect has been identified, according to the University of Virginia Police Department.

The shooting was reported on Culbreth Road, police tweeted. The campus was advised to shelter-in-place around 10:40 p.m. ET.

It is unclear if there are any injuries or fatalities at this time.

After issuing alerts of the lockdown on social media, police later tweeted that it was looking for Christopher Darnell Jones regarding the shooting and that he may be in a black SUV. An earlier tweet warned that the suspect is believed to be armed and should not be approached.

UVA's office of emergency management shared on social media an email from the university's vice president, which it said had been sent to the student body.

Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer Robyn S. Hadley said she was in direct communication with university leadership and police, and described receiving shelter in place texts whilst on university grounds as "frightening."

"Please, please take the shelter in place commands seriously as the situation remains active. The suspect is armed and dangerous. If you are not inside and safe, immediately seek safety," Hadley said, adding that multiple police jurisdictions were working to locate the suspect.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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