Another week, another fatal campus shooting. This time, the unfortunate chain of events has taken place on the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona as four male students have been victimized at the hand of an alleged 18-year-old freshman student at the school. One of the four victims has been reported dead, while the remaining three are severely wounded due to receiving multiple gunshot wounds.
After the university sent out a tweet around 2:30 a.m. on Friday morning (Oct. 9) to let students know that a gunman was reportedly near a dormitory. It was later revealed that a physical altercation transpired involving Delta Chi fraternity members. “This morning at 1:20 a.m., two separate student groups got into a confrontation. It turned physical,” Chief Greg Fowler of the NAU police said in a press conference. The suspect, who is alive and currently in custody, goes by the name of Steven Jones. “Steven Jones produced a handgun and he shot four of other students,” Fowler confirmed.
Jones willingly surrendered when cops arrived on the scene and stayed put to be arrested. “We are of course shocked and deeply saddened by the circumstances that bring us together this morning,” a university spokesperson said in regards to NAU’s thoughts on the shooting. “This is not going to be a normal day at NAU. Our hearts are heavy.”
The NAU shooting took place just one week after the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon where nine people were fatally shot and killed and leaving nine others wounded with the suspect committing suicide shortly after.