Ryan explained that the shooting happened on a charter bus after students returned to campus from a class field trip.
The team traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend a play. And the shootings occurred around 10:30 p.m. Sunday when they returned. The victims were still on the bus in the Culbreth parking garage on campus when they were shot.
Longo said the students enjoyed a meal together and then “someone amongst them chose to do an act of violence.”
Ryan called the incident a “sad, shocking, and tragic day for the university community.”
“Let me say how deeply sorry I am for the victims and their families and friends,” Ryan said.
Tony Elliott, Virginia football coach said of the murdered students that “They were all good kids.”
University of Virginia football players shot
The campus tragedy occurred than a month before the start of exam week for the Fall semester.
The Sunday night shooting prompted the campus alert warning system. The student community was warned that an active attacker with a gun was in the area. And they were urged to “RUN. HIDE. FIGHT.”