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Northern Arizona University Shooting: Terrified Students Tweet During Tragedy

Fri, October 9, 2015 11:47am EDT by Add first Comment
Northern Arizona University Students
Courtesy of Northern Arizona University

A reported Oct. 9 confrontation at Northern Arizona University turned deadly when freshman Steven Jones allegedly shot four students, leaving one dead. As the attack happened, fearful NAU students expressed confusion and sadness online over another deadly school shooting.

One person is dead and three are injured after another killing on an American campus. Steven Jones, 18, allegedly shot and killed a fellow student at Northern Arizona University. Frightened NAU students took to social media to vent their terror and heartbreak over the tragedy, asking for prayers and support. See the tweets here.

The shooting took place at 1:20 AM (4:20 AM EST) on Oct. 9. NAU Police Chief G.T. Fowler said that police arrived shortly after the incident and detained Steven. “Several students became involved in a confrontation with each other,” said G.T., before Steven allegedly shot one dead before injuring three others. He is reportedly cooperating with the authorities as the sort out what exactly happened between him and the others.

Some NAU students were awake during the shooting, tweeting “stay safe” and “Pray for #NAU.” One person was stunned when he (incorrectly) heard that “two people” were dead. A sister of a student said that her brother, who was at NAU during the incident, “just called to tell us…he’s okay.”

One person attending NAU said that their hall went into “lockdown,” though initial reports of said that the campus didn’t go into lockdown at the time of the event. G.T. also said that “nothing happened inside of [NAU’s] residence halls,” and that the incident was isolated to a parking lot outside the Mountain View Hall on the northeast end of NAU.

Other students discovered the shooting early in morning, hours after it went down. A student said that “stuff becomes so real when it happens on your own campus,” and not just on the news. Mostly, everyone encourage people to stay safe and to pray for those involved in this senseless killing.

Our thoughts and supports continue to go out to Northern Arizona University and to the families of those involved in this tragedy.

— Jason Brow