According to CNN, a deadly shooting occurred on a bus returning from a field trip with students from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA.
The bus had just returned late Sunday, November 13, 2022, to the school’s main campus in Charlottesville. The students had been on a field trip to Washington, DC, to see a play. The UVA students were beginning to exit the bus when Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. allegedly pulled out a weapon and opened fire. Three UVA football players were killed, and two others were wounded. Joses was arrested after fleeing the scene.
Jones, a former UVA football player and current University of Virginia student, was invited by the teacher to join the class on the trip. Campus authorities say Jones had been involved in a hazing investigation on campus in addition to a prior criminal incident involving a concealed weapon violation. This incident was said to have occurred in 2021 outside of Charlotteville.
He is facing three charges of second-degree murder and three counts of using a handgun in the commission of a felony. Police are still investigating to determine if there was a motive for the deadly attack.
Attorney contributor Kevin Biniazan helps victims of shootings in the state of Virginia. During a recent discussion, Kevin talked about legal options available to victims of college campus shootings. He addressed how victims or their families could seek justice by filing a civil lawsuit.
"Colleges have a responsibility to provide a safe environment for their students and staff, this duty of care pertains to on campus in addition to off-campus activities. College campuses should implement security measures in order to reduce the risk of criminal incidents. This plan could include monitoring campus entrances, having security cameras throughout the campus, and utilizing bag and weapons checks. If a crime is committed and the school is proven to have failed to place the safety of their students first, a court may find them negligent."
"There are many things to look into following a shooting. Criminal lawsuits can be filed by the victims. However, if the college was found to have neglected its security, a civil suit may also be filed. A college shooting victim might have grounds to file a suit and be entitled to compensation if the college or university failed to uphold their duty of care. Victims or their surviving family members should consult with an experienced college shooting attorney to learn more about their potential case. The lawyer will need to show that the crime was foreseeable and that the college was negligent. Crimes on a college campus may be considered foreseeable if the college fails to increase its security, knowing there is an increase in danger. By filing a civil lawsuit, victims or their families can get the justice they deserve."