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Eighteen-Year-Old Freshman Arrested in N. Arizona University Shootings

arizona1Eighteen-year-old Steven Jones, a freshman at Northern Arizona University, opened fire on four male students Oct. 9, killing one, and injuring three others at the school, authorities stated.

According to the university’s website, the shootings occurred just after 1 a.m. in the university’s parking lot.

NAU enrolls about 20,000 students at its Flagstaff campus, which  is 140 miles north of Phoenix.

The deceased student’s name is Colin Brough, and the other three students, Nicholas Prato, Kyle Zientek and Nicholas Piring, are being treated at Flagstaff Medical Center, the school said. Jones is currently in police custody.

The victims were all members of Delta Chi fraternity at the school. However, Jones was not.

University President Rita Cheng called Friday’s incident “a terrible tragedy.”

In addition, “We are deeply saddened by this tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of the victims, as well as the entire community in Flagstaff,” the fraternity said in a statement.

Reportedly, Arizona voters had previously been strongly opposed to gun control measures, and the state currently has open-carry gun laws. However, according to Northern Arizona University officials, guns are not allowed on campus.

U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, has issued the following statement regarding the shooting:

“My thoughts and prayers are with the 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.”

The shooting came just hours before President Barack Obama had been scheduled to visit Roseburg, Oregon, and the families of victims killed in a mass shooting at Umpqua Community College last week.