Gunman Charged With Killing Three Fellow Students at the University of Virginia
A man who was a suspect in the 2013 mass shooting at the University of Virginia was arrested in Florida, police said in a press release on Friday.
According to law enforcement, the suspect is 20-year-old Aaron Alexis, who posted a $250,000 bond Friday morning after being arrested in Florida.
The press release said Alexis was charged with first degree murder, second degree murder and attempted murder. Alexis was also charged with two counts of abduction with intent to defile and one count of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
The University of Virginia student’s father, Jeff, told CNN affiliate WJLA that he had been informed that his son had been arrested.
“He was a very good child, full of life,” Jeff Alexis, the victim’s father, said. “Aaron was a kind, giving, giving individual, and there was nothing that he would say that would be untrue.”
A gunman who fatally shot three University of Virginia students Thursday night has been charged with three counts of murder and is suspected in the shooting of a fourth victim.
The suspect is 20-year-old Aaron Alexis, officials said. Alexis posted a $250,000 bond after being arrested in Florida.
Virginia Commonwealth University Police Chief Timothy Longo said there is no known link between the suspect and the shooter. He said there was no indication of any connection between the two.
Earlier Friday, President Obama addressed the attack on the campus, saying, “Yesterday, in Charlottesville, a mob demonstrated a level of intolerance that I have never before witnessed in this country.”
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Officials say President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have been briefed about the attack. The White House said the president, his aides and their family are all in “close contact with law enforcement officials as they learn more.” The president and his wife, Melania, were in California.
The president said he spoke with students affected by the attack “to express my sympathy, send them my best, and to assure them that