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.
Shooting at NAU, and people said there are two people dead😐
— Salman (@TheOtaibii) October 9, 2015
This is scary. There was a shooting at NAU. My hall just went into a lockdown. Hope everyone is okay
— AJ (@GreenHeart04) October 9, 2015
There was a shooting on Nau campus stay safe
— mariah casillas (@MariahCasillas3) October 9, 2015
Why is there a person going around NAU shooting people WHAT IS GOING ON
— Alyssa (@BuiAlyssa) October 9, 2015
brother just called to tell us about a shooting at NAU, he's okay, but what a shit world
— Tory (@torayraay) October 9, 2015
Now my hometown..close anyway a shooting at NAU campus! When the hell is this going to be over? #com372
— Stacie Redden (@Sedonastacie21) October 9, 2015
Wow stuff becomes so real when it happens on your own campus. Praying for everyone involved in the #NAUShooting
— hales (@HaleyLattie) October 9, 2015
Sucks that NAU is now known nationally for a school shooting 😕😔
— Eazy-P (@Dpurdy10) October 9, 2015
Our thoughts and supports continue to go out to Northern Arizona University and to the families of those involved in this tragedy.
— Jason Brow