University of Virginia contractor killed in campus shooting

A University of Virginia employee was killed in a shooting on Elywood Avenue in Charlottesville, according to a statement from University President Jim Ryan.

A University of Virginia contractor was killed Saturday in a shooting on Eliwood Avenue in Charlottesville. according to a statement from University President Jim Ryan.

It happened just after 2 a.m. and the victim was taken from the area to the University of Virginia Medical Center.

The suspect was seen getting into a silver sedan before fleeing the area and driving east on West Main Street, according to the statement.

The contractor died of his injuries on Saturday morning.

“University leaders and I extend our deepest condolences to the friends and family who are grieving this terrible loss,” Ryan said in a statement. “Unfortunately, this incident is part of a growing trend of gun violence in the Charlottesville-Albemarle region. Keeping the members of this community safe is our most important responsibility.”

In November three UVA football players were killed as they were traveling on the bus, returning from an excursion.

Ryan said he is working with police in the area and the university to reduce gun violence in the area.

“They know, as do we all, that this scourge must end,” he said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Charlottesville police at 434-970-3280.

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