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University of Virginia was aware of student's gun conviction before alleged shooting: report

School allegedly failed to follow up on discovery in weeks prior to murders.

Published: November 16, 2022 3:54pm

Updated: November 16, 2022 4:09pm

The University of Virginia was for over a month aware of a gun misdemeanor conviction against the student accused of a triple homicide on the school's grounds this week, with the elite southern university reportedly failing to follow up on the matter prior to the incident. 

The school told NBC News that accused shooter Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. "had been convicted of a misdemeanor for a concealed weapons violation in 2021," but that he had failed to disclose that to the school in violation of university policy. 

The school learned of the violation in "mid-September," NBC reported; the Office of Student Affairs escalated the case for disciplinary against by Oct. 27. Yet the report of his conviction was "never relayed to the University Judiciary Committee," the network said.

The school is "working to correct" the error, the university told NBC.

Jones has been charged with three counts of second-degree murder, among other charges.