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Northern Arizona University: 1 Killed & 3 Wounded In Tragic Shooting

Fri, October 9, 2015 7:46am EDT by Avery Thompson 1 Comment
Courtesy of NAU.edu

What a tragedy. A gunman opened fire on the Northern Arizona University campus in the early hours of Oct. 9 and killed one person and wounded three others, according to a university spokesperson.

A deadly shooting occurred on Northern Arizona University’s Flagstaff campus on Oct. 9 that left one person dead and three other victims injured. The gunman is now in custody, but a motive for this senseless shooting has yet to be revealed. This tragedy comes just a week after the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon that left nine people dead.


Gunshots were first heard at 1:20 a.m. PT, according to a campus statement. The shooting took place outside Mountain View Hall, a dorm that houses many students involved in Greek organizations, on the northeast end of the campus. Some fraternity members are involved, CNN reports. The three victims that survived are currently being treated at Flagstaff Medical Center. The shooter is in custody, and the campus is not on lockdown. Northern Arizona University Police Chief G.T. Fowler said that the shooter was 18-year-old Steven Jones, and that the gunman was cooperating with the authorities.

The official Twitter account for the NAU Flagstaff campus first reported the news. “Reported shooting at NAU Flagstaff campus. Shooter in custody. Mtn View Hall residents stay indoors. More details to follow,” the campus tweeted.

The campus later confirmed on Twitter that one victim was dead and three were wounded following the shooting. They said the situation was “stabilized” now that the shooter is in custody. Northern Arizona University is home to more than 25,000 undergraduates, according to Associated Press.

This must be such a terrifying situation for all students, teachers, staff and parents. The campus has set up a Family Assistance Center to help put parents in touch with their children. NAU tweeted that “long distance parents may call 928-523-0007.”

The investigation is ongoing. A press conference will be held at 6 a.m. PT / 9 a.m. ET on Oct. 9. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of the Northern Arizona University shooting.

— Avery Thompson