Suspect In U Of R gunfire incident in custody

Connor T. O'Leary. Source: University of Richmond.
Connor T. O'Leary. Source: University of Richmond.

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – University of Richmond authorities say the suspect involved in a campus incident early Tuesday morning is now in custody.

Connor T. O'Leary, 25, of New Kent surrendered at the Henrico County jail shortly after 8pm Tuesday. He was wanted for eluding police and reckless driving, according to campus police. O'Leary is not a student or employee of the university, according to a UR spokesperson.

The incident began to unfold at approximately 4:30 a.m. According to UR Police, an officer approached a suspicious SUV parked in the University Forest Apartments. During the interaction, police say a URPD officer fired his weapon. No reason was given for the gunfire. The officer's name was not released.

The incident rattled students at the otherwise peaceful and secluded campus.

"It sounds like, I've gone to the gun range before, it sounded like two shots being fired. I wasn't sure if it was that or a car being blown out, thought I was psyching myself out, but it was two gunshots," said UR Senior Brittany Brady.

Around 6:00 a.m., a campus text alert notified students of the incident. There were no injuries and no ongoing threat to the University community, according to the alert.

"It's a really unusual incident for the University of Richmond campus. I can't recall, and have never been told about another incident when there was gunfire on our campus," said Brian Eckert, a University spokesperson.

Left unclear is what, exactly, led to the shooting, and why gunfire was deemed necessary. O'Leary was not believed to be armed, according to authorities on scene.

Campus and county authorities are also investigating multiple potentially related incidents Tuesday around the UR campus. An abandoned vehicle with a back tire blown out was seized Tuesday morning from the River Road Shopping Center. Separately, the search for the driver of a reported stolen vehicle prompted nearby private schools to go on lockdown for a brief period.

Authorities have not determined if those incidents are in any way connected to the initial shots fired on the UR campus.

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