Eva Surovell, a senior and the editor in chief of The Cavalier Daily, the university’s student newspaper, said by phone early Monday that students were sheltering in place across the campus: “People are stuck in the libraries, they’re stuck in academic buildings, they’re stuck in you name it,” She spoke.

Ms. Surovell said that, when she heard about the shooting, she ran towards the scene and later returned her to her room in central campus. “I’ve been in my room since probably about 3 a.m. and you can hear cop cars, like cop sirens, every 15 or 20 minutes or so,” She spoke.

She explained that the shooting happened at the start of a stressful week for students coming the week prior to Thanksgiving break.

“Three people’s lives ended tonight,” She spoke. “Those of us that are still here, I think everybody’s lives changed. I don’t necessarily know that I can predict what the impact will be. I know that this community is resilient and has always been. I’m optimistic, but I’m also not naïve and I know that we’re going to have a lot of healing to do from this.”

Britney Cheung, a senior, lives about 10 minutes from campus and said that she was initially “terrified” After hearing the news.

“I was at home, and I saw texts from a friend asking if we were safe,” Ms. Cheung, 21, said. “I didn’t really know what was happening until I saw the email about it.”

“I live pretty far off grounds, so I don’t necessarily fear for my own safety, but I guess it was a little terrifying to hear that people have been shot,” She spoke.