male freshman at Northern Arizona University opened fire on a group of fellow students at the Flagstaff campus early Friday during a confrontation in a dormitory parking lot, killing one student and injuring three more, the campus police chief said.
The 18-year-old suspect was identified as Steven Jones, an NAU student, said NAU police chief Gregory Fowler.
Fowler told reporters that the suspect did not leave the scene and was arrested without incident. He said the suspect was cooperating with police. He said the shooting occurred around 1:20 a.m. local time.
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“Two separate student groups got into a confrontation, the confrontation turned physical and one of our students, Steven Jones, 18, produced a handgun and shot four of our other students,” Fowler said. “One of our students is deceased.”
The victims — all males — were shot “multiple times,” he said. They were being treated at Flagstaff Medical Center.
The shooting erupted in a parking lot outside the Mountain View Hall dormitory on the northeast end of the Flagstaff Campus, Fowler said.
It’s unclear what sparked the shooting.
The dorm houses members of fraternities and sororities. Fowler had said that it wasn’t immediately clear whether any members of the Greek organizations were involved. But the national Delta Chi Fraternity organization in Iowa City, Iowa, released a statement confirming members’ involvement.
“Delta Chi Fraternity was made aware of a shooting that took place early Friday morning allegedly involving some of our members. We have investigated this matter and can confirm that there were members involved.
We do not have any information on the victims nor do we know if the deceased individual is a member of the Fraternity. At this time, we can confirm that this incident had no ties to the chapter.”
Fowler said state law prohibits anyone from carrying a gun on campus, but that gun owners are allowed to keep a weapon in a locked area of a car on campus.
The university, which has an enrollment of around 20,000, was not placed on lockdown, although an emergency alert sent out by the school asked students to remain indoors. University leaders said classes would not be cancelled on Friday.