The authorities reported that a student gunman is still at large after he shot and killed three people at a University of Virginia garage late Sunday night. Officials at the University of Virginia asked students to stay put on the Charlottesville campus. Classes were cancelled Monday.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the victims had been students.

The university’s office of emergency management said it received reports of shots fired at a garage on Culbreth Road around 10:30 p.m. on Sunday. Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. was identified by the University of Virginia Police Department. The university president stated in an email that he was a student of the school.

Police from the university warned Mr. Jones that he was being a terrorist. “armed and dangerous.” They claimed that several law enforcement agencies were involved. helping with the search According to Mr. Jones and Virginia State police, helicopters were deployed as part of this effort.

Jim Ryan, president of the university, sent an email to campus early Monday. He stated that: “I am heartbroken to report that the shooting has resulted in three fatalities; two additional victims were injured and are receiving medical care. We are working closely with the families of the victims, and we will share additional detail as soon as we are able.”

“This is a message any leader hopes never to have to send,” He concluded, “and I am devastated that this violence has visited the University of Virginia.”

Mr. Jones was described by the police They wore burgundy jackets, bluejeans, red sneakers, and may have driven a black sport-utility car. They asked friends and family members to call the campus. an emergency hotline For more information on the episode, click here

Around 1:18 a.m., Robyn S. Hadley, the university’s dean of students, sent an email Students on campus are being urged to join them “Please, please take the shelter in place commands seriously as the situation remains active.”

The email was sent by the president of the university. A spokesperson for the university did not respond immediately to The New York Times’ additional questions.

The university’s athletics website It listed Mr. Jones only as a one time member of its football squad; the website listed him in 2018 as a freshman player of the team.