In the early hours of Sunday morning, shots were fired on the UVa Corner in front of Eddy’s Tavern. Charlottesville Police reported that no one was injured in the confrontation, but investigation is ongoing.
Police say that an altercation began inside the bar on University Avenue and moved outside, where multiple shots were fired. The first 911 call came in shortly after 1:30 AM. Three officers were on foot patrol in the 1400 block of University Ave. when they heard the first shot and responded immediately.
The suspect fled the scene before police arrived, taking off on foot toward University grounds. Eyewitnesses described him as a 20-25-year-old African-American male between 5’8” and 6’0” tall with a stocky build and short hair. The suspect was wearing a white tank top.
The UVa Emergency Mail System alerted university members of the event at 1:44 AM and advised students to take shelter. By 1:58 AM, the notification system declared that the threat had ended.
Police were also notified of another case of shots fired around 5 AM Sunday near the intersection of Cherry Avenue and Bakers Street. A woman reported someone firing three gunshots out of a moving van. This case is also under investigation.
This incident comes only five days after a gunman was reported on Gordon Avenue. While an all-clear notice was given via the Emergency Mail System soon after, police reported that three suspects were running through the Venable neighborhood and firing gunshots. While no one was injured, the firings were part of a string of shootings that targeted several homes and cars across the city.
Anyone with information on either of these shootings is asked to call Crimestoppers at (434) 977-4000.