Editor’s Note: In the email that went out earlier today alerting many of our readers to this story, the word “rampage” was used to describe this item. We apologize to our readers, for that word does not describe this incident and should not have been used.
Just days after a mass shooting on a college campus in Oregon, another campus has been hit by tragedy. The New York Times reports that a shooting early today at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff left one person dead and three others wounded.
The alleged shooter, an 18-year-old student at the university, was taken into custody, officials reported.
“G. T. Fowler, the chief of campus police, said that Steven Jones, a freshman, had opened fire after two groups of male students were involved in a confrontation,” The Times reports. “The police were able to take Mr. Jones into custody after he stopped firing the weapon and ‘everything calmed down for a few minutes,’ Chief Fowler said.”
Each of the three survivors had gunshot wounds, according to Fowler. They were reportedly being treated at Flagstaff Medical Center.
“A statement on the university’s website said the episode occurred just after 1 a.m. at the school, which enrolls about 20,000 students at its Flagstaff campus, 140 miles north of Phoenix,” the paper reports. “The shooting took place near Mountain View Hall. The building houses most of the school’s fraternities and sororities.”
The Times report adds: “Members of a fraternity, Delta Chi, were involved in the episode, but Mr. Jones was not a member, and it was unclear whether the person who was killed was affiliated with the fraternity, Justin P. Sherman, Delta Chi’s executive director, said in a statement. ‘At this time, we can confirm that this incident had no ties to the chapter,’ he said.”
The shootings come eight days after a mass shooting on the campus of Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., left 10 people dead.