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Northern Arizona University Shooting: Steven Jones Revealed As Alleged Gunman

Fri, October 9, 2015 9:20am EDT by 1 Comment
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Steven Jones has been revealed as the alleged gunman behind the Northern Arizona University shooting on Oct. 9. Steven’s reported attack on the Flagstaff campus left one person dead and three others wounded.

Authorities have identified Steven Jones, 18, as the alleged shooter behind the deadly attack on the Northern Arizona University campus. Steven was in custody, captured after his shooting ended the life of one person. Sadly, this senseless violence comes barely one week after the Umpqua Community College massacre left nine people dead.

Northern Arizona University Police Chief G.T. Fowler named Steven as the shooter during an Oct. 9 press conference, saying that officers quickly arrived on the scene after the incident took place. Unfortunately, he did not have a lot of information at the time. “A lot of things need to be accomplished before we can release a great many details,” G.T. said. He also added that “nothing happened inside of our residence halls,” and that the incident happened in a parking lot, after “several students became involved in a confrontation with each other.” Steven did not run away, and G.T. said the alleged shooter was “cooperating” with the authorities.

The shooting took place outside Mountain View Hall at 1:20 a.m. PT, on the Flagstaff, Arizona campus, according to an official statement. The dorm housed many students involved in Greek organizations, and can be found on the northeast end of the campus. Some fraternity members were reportedly involved. Students awake during the event tweeted their frightened reactions to the shooting.

One person was reportedly killed, while three others were injured. The campus was not put in lockdown and the alleged shooter was reportedly taken in custody. The reported three victims wounded in the shooting were taken to Flagstaff Medical Center for treatment.

NAU’s official Twitter account first reported the news, tweeting that a “reported shooting” had taken place, and that the “Shooter [is] is custody. Mtn View Hall residents stay indoors. More details to follow.” The campus has set up a Family Assistance Center to help out of state (or out of town) parents contact their children. NAU tweeted that “long distance parents may call 928-523-0007.”

The NAU shooting is fresh on the heels of the horrific massacre on the Umpqua Community College in Oregon. Chris Harper Mercer opened fire on Oct. 1 and killed nine people. Though initial reports claimed Chris was killed in a standoff with police, his death was officially ruled a suicide.

Our thoughts continue to go out to the families and friends of all the victims involved in this shooting.

— Jason Brow