NAU Shooting: NAU Shooting
Published: October 9, 2015
NAU Shooting: NAU Shooting, An early morning confrontation between two groups of Northern Arizona University students escalated into a shooting that left one student dead and three more injured, campus police said on Friday.
An 18-year-old NAU student, identified as freshman Steven Jones, was taken into custody after allegedly killing one student and injuring three others outside of a Greek-life dormitory, NAU police chief Gregory T Fowler said during a press conference on Friday morning.
NAU president Rita Cheng called the shooting “isolated” and “unprecedented” speaking at the press conference.
“This is not going to be a normal day at NAU,” she told reporters and students on Friday morning. “Our hearts are heavy.”
The university on Friday morning named the four victims.
Colin Brough, a Freshman at the university, was killed during the shooting.
Nicholas Prato, Kyle Zientek and Nicholas Piring are being treated at Flagstaff medical center; their conditions are unknown.
The campus chapter of the Delta Chi fraternity has confirmed to local media outlets that the three wounded victims were all members. It is unclear if the alleged gunman or the deceased victim had any involvement in Greek life.
According to authorities, the shooting occurred in a campus parking lot near the Mountain View residence hall located on the north-east end of the Flagstaff campus around 1.20 am local time. Fowler said Jones submitted to officers when they arrived on the scene, and is cooperating with police.
Fowler said the victims, all male freshmen, sustained multiple gunshot wounds.
– NAU (@NAU) October 9, 2015
#NAUAlert: Details confirmed 4 victims, 1 fatality, 3 wounded. Shooter is in custody. Situation is stabilized. Campus not on lockdown.
Cheng said classes would take place as scheduled on Friday, adding that faculty and staff would be available to assist students as they dealt with the shooting.
– NAU (@NAU) October 9, 2015
Family Assistance Center has been set up in the ballroom of 1899 Bar & Grill, 307 W Dupont Ave. Long distance parents may call 928-523-0007.
Mountain View Hall houses campus students involved in fraternities and sororities – the university societies named after Greek letters meant to provide students with a family-like support system.
A lockdown on the campus was lifted after the suspected gunman was taken into custody. One of three public universities in the state, NAU has more than 25,000 total undergraduates.
Arizona governor Doug Ducey offered his condolences to the victims in a statement.
“This heartbreaking incident will impact many of our fellow citizens, and I ask all Arizonans to keep them and the family of the individual lost in their thoughts and prayers as they cope with this tragedy,” Ducey said.
– Doug Ducey (@dougducey) October 9, 2015
Praying for @NAU and the victims of this morning’s shooting. All Arizonans have the #Flagstaff community in their hearts today.
Responding to the shooting, Arizona senator and former presidential candidate John McCain called the shooting “horrific” and offered his thoughts and prayers to the victims in a statement on Friday.
“I appreciate the efforts of all state and local law enforcement officials, first responders and school administrators, and continue to pray for the recovery of the injured, as well as all those in the NAU community who have been impacted by this terrible tragedy,” McCain wrote.
The Arizona board of regents, the governing body of the state’s public universities, prohibits students from carrying guns on its campuses, though the state has very lax gun laws and a strong shooting culture.
Student Megan Aardahl said the university had always felt safe but she was sure security would now be stepped up.
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