1 dead, 3 injured in NAU Flagstaff campus shooting

FLAGSTAFF - One student was killed and three were injured in an early-morning shooting Friday, Oct. 9, on the campus of Northern Arizona University, according to NAU police.

NAU Chief of Police Gregory T. Fowler said in a press conference that the suspect is 18-year-old freshman Steven Jones.

"Two separate student groups got into a confrontation" at about 1:20 a.m., Fowler said, and "that confrontation turned physical."

That's when Jones "produced a handgun," Fowler said.

The shooting happened on the northeast end of campus, in a parking lot near Mountain View Hall, where members of fraternities and sororities live, but Fowler said it wasn't known if they were involved.

Three victims were taken to Flagstaff Medical Center with gunshot wounds, according to the NAU statement.

When the first NAU police arrived at the scene, Fowler said, "everything calmed down for a few minutes" and the officer took Jones into custody.

A Family Assistance Center has been established at the 1899 Bar & Grill, 307 W. Dupont Ave., the NAU Twitter feed said, and parents can call 928-523-0007 for information.

Posted on Governor Doug Ducey's Facebook page: "Praying for Northern Arizona University and the victims of this morning's shooting. All Arizonans have the Flagstaff community in their hearts today."

U.S. Senator John McCain released a statement Friday morning:

"My thoughts and prayers are with families of the person who was killed and the three others who were wounded in the horrific shooting on the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff early this morning. 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."

Fowler said further investigation of the scene would take place after the sun rose and provided more light.

He added that the victim's names were being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

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