Latest UVA Shooting Updates: Suspect in Custody After Killing 3

Eva Surovell, a senior and the editor in chief of The Cavalier Daily, the University of Virginia’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 said.

Ms. Surovell, 21, said that when she learned of the shooting, she ran to the scene and later returned to her room at the center of 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 said.

She said the shooting occurred at the start of what was already expected to be a stressful week for students, coming the week before Thanksgiving break.

“Three people’s lives ended tonight,” she said. “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.”

Benjamin Bernard, a postdoctoral research associate and resident faculty fellow of Brown Residential College, said, “The whole campus is in a state of limbo. Some of the students were in uncomfortable places like the library and had to lock down there. It has shattered the idyllic campus mood.”

Mr. Bernard said the university’s campus was packed for “the last big push before Thanksgiving,” which is next week. As the shelter-in-place order stretched past 12 hours on Monday morning, he said he was mostly concerned about students not being able to get food, since many of them rely on dining options on campus.

He also said the conditions on campus were “eerily reminiscent” of those during pandemic lockdowns: “It’s a different uncertainty but sort of a similar feeling.”

Britney Cheung, a senior who lives off campus about 10 minutes away from the scene of the shooting, said on Monday 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 said.

Em Gunter, 19, a sophomore, lives in campus housing less than a five-minute walk from the garage where the shooting occurred, which she said she can see from the window of her third-floor room.

On Sunday night, while studying for an upcoming genetics exam, she heard a series of gunshots. Afterward, she said several friends gathered in her room and sheltered together, adding that they barely slept.

She said she was exhausted and “still terrified,” because the gunman had not been found as of late Monday morning.

“Nothing like this ever ends well,” Ms. Gunter said.

Jonathan M. Katz reported from Charlottesville, Va., and Christine Chung from New York.

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