Who Are The Northern Arizona University Shooting Victims? Suspect Steven Jones Is In Custody Following The Incident — UPDATE
Flagstaff, Ariz., authorities confirmed on early Friday morning that one person was killed and three others were wounded following a shooting on the Northern Arizona University campus in Flagstaff. A statement from NAU revealed that the shooting took place in campus Greek life housing, and the three victims who were injured in the shooting have been transported to Flagstaff Medical Center where they are being treated for their injuries. Neither local or campus police have revealed the names of the NAU victims, but the suspect in the shooting has been identified, and following the shooting was stabilized and detained by police, according to NAU reports. Update: On Friday, the three wounded were identified as Nicholas Prato, Kyle Zientek and Nicholas Piring; the deceased was identified as Colin Brough.
The school has stated that the shooting took place outside of Mountain View Hall, which The New York Times reports houses most of the University's fraternity and sorority members. The Guardian reports that, according to students, students are not allowed to carry guns on campus. At this time, the shooting suspect has been identified as 18-year-old NAU student Steven Jones, but information about the victims is limited. Initial reports have indicated that members of the Delta Chi fraternity were involved, but that the altercation had not been a part of a fraternity event, according to Vox. CNN reports that the altercation that resulted in the shooting involved two groups of students, including Jones, who eventually pulled his weapon and began firing.
ABC 15 in Arizona has reported that all four of the victims were male, and that the deceased victim was a freshman student at the University. The first day of NAU's fall term was Aug. 31, meaning the deceased freshman had been a student at the school for less than five weeks.
Police were first alerted to shots being fired on campus around 1:20 a.m. local time after an altercation. The campus is not currently on lockdown, and the school has stated that classes will still take place on Friday. Campus police have stated that the campus is currently safe, and NAU's president, Rita Cheng, stated that the incident on Friday morning was "isolated and unprecedented," according to Arizona Central.
Neither the University nor police have released the names or other identifying information about any of the victims, including the deceased freshman. Vox has reported that this is the 47th time shots have been fired on a school campus in 2015, making the deceased NAU victim the 27th person to be killed in a school shooting incident this year.