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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., the suspected gunman in a shooting Sunday night that killed three University of Virginia football players and wounded another, was targeting people and shooting a charter bus at random with a handgun Wasn’t doing it, according to a passenger on the bus.

A witness who was on the bus, which was returning from a class field trip to Washington, D.C., also told police that Jones shot and killed Cavaliers receiver Devin Chandler while he was sleeping.

Commonwealth’s Attorney James Hingley shared details of witness statements during Jones’ initial court appearance with Albemarle General District Court Judge Kenneth Andrew Snethorn on Wednesday.

“That was information we got from a witness,” Hingley said outside the courthouse.

Jones, who attended the hearing via video from Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, said little during the 20-minute hearing other than that he wanted to hire his own attorney and was employed at the time of the shooting. Jones is being held without bail.

Snithorn set a hearing on the status of the case for December 8.

Hingley told the judge that Jones was previously convicted of a misdemeanor charge of possession of a concealed weapon on June 10, 2021, in Chesterfield, Virginia. He was fined $100 and given a 12-month suspended sentence. A judge also issued a three-year good behavior bond in that case and ordered Jones to forfeit the firearm, according to court records obtained by ESPN.

At the time of that arrest, Jones also had a warrant outstanding through 2021 on charges of hit and run property damage and reckless driving in Pittsburgh, Virginia. month suspended sentence on each of those charges.

Junior receiver LeVell Davis Jr., of Dorchester, South Carolina, and junior defensive end/linebacker D’Sean Perry, of Miami, were also killed in the shooting. Running back Mike Hollins of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has been hospitalized after being shot in the back. A fifth person on the bus, Virginia student Marlee Morgan, was also shot.

“We are all saddened and saddened and devastated by these events in our community,” Hingley said. “All of us in this community care for the families of the victims and wish a speedy recovery to those who are being treated in hospital and those who were injured. This terrible tragedy.”

Jones, 22, was transferred Tuesday to the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail from a facility in Henrico County, Virginia, where he was arrested the day before without incident. He faces three felony charges of second-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, as well as two counts of malicious wounding and additional gun-related charges related to shooting Hollins and Morgan.

Hollins’ family confirmed that he was injured in the shooting. Gordon McKernan, a spokesman for the Hollins family, told ESPN on Wednesday that Hollins underwent emergency surgery Sunday night to remove the bullet from his abdomen. According to McKernan, doctors performed a second surgery to check for internal injuries and were encouraged by what they found.

McKernan said doctors took Hollins off the ventilator after a second surgery.

According to UVA Health, one patient was released from the medical center on Tuesday and the other patient remains in serious condition.

The violence at the state’s premier public university has set off days of mourning among students and faculty, the wider Charlottesville community and other supporters. Classes resumed on Wednesday, although the school announced it was canceling its final home football game of the season, a game on Saturday against Coastal Carolina.

The university said in a news release that a decision has not yet been made about whether UVA will play its final game of the season on Nov. 26 against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.

University President Jim Ryan said Monday that officials did not have a “full understanding” of the motive behind the shootings. According to athletic director Carla Williams, Jones was a member of the football team during the 2018 season as a semester walk-on.

ESPN’s Paula Lavigne and The Associated Press contributed to this report.