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Arizona shooting leaves one student dead and three injured

  • Gunfire broke out at 1:20am local time on Friday outside the Mountain View Hall dormitory  
  • School officials say the suspected shooter is in custody 
  • It was not immediately evident whether the shooter was the victim or was arrested  
  • More information will be released at a 6am local time (9am EST) press conference

By Associated Press and Ashley Collman For Dailymail.com

Published: 05:54 EST, 9 October 2015 | Updated: 08:30 EST, 9 October 2015

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A Northern Arizona University freshman has been arrested after killing a male student and injuring three others in an early morning shooting at the Flagstaff campus.

Police Chief Greg Fowler identified the shooter as freshman Steven Jones, 18, at a 6am local time press conference.

Fowler says that the fatal shooting broke out after members of two student groups got into a confrontation in a parking lot outside Mountain View Hall -  the campus' all-Greek dorm.

When the fight turned physical, Fowler says Jones pulled out a handgun and shot one of the other students to death.

Officers were called to the scene at 1:20am and they took Jones into custody.

The three others who were injured in the shooting were taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for their injuries. Their conditions are not currently known, but Fowler says that they all suffered gunshot wounds. 

Officials say one person is dead and three others are wounded following an early morning shooting at Northern Arizona University

Officials say one person is dead and three others are wounded following an early morning shooting at Northern Arizona University

NAU plays a major role in the northern Arizona city of Flagstaff. The 4-year public university has more than 25,000 total undergraduates. Above, a stock image of Mountain View dorm 

NAU plays a major role in the northern Arizona city of Flagstaff. The 4-year public university has more than 25,000 total undergraduates. Above, a stock image of Mountain View dorm 

The shooting happened in a parking lot outside Mountain View Hall, pictured above. The all-Greek dorm is home to the majority of the school's fraternity and sorority members 

The shooting happened in a parking lot outside Mountain View Hall, pictured above. The all-Greek dorm is home to the majority of the school's fraternity and sorority members 

Mountain View Hall dormitory is located on the northeast side of campus and is home to the majority of the school's fraternity and sorority members.

Mountain View Hall is home to the majority of the school's fraternity and sorority members.

The national office of Delta Chi fraternity told the Washington Post that some of its members were 'involved' in the shooting, but said it 'was not a chapter related incident'.

'We do not have any information on the victims nor do we know if the deceased individual is a member of the Fraternity,' the statement said.  

 

Megan Aardahl, a junior at the school, told CNN that she lives just yards from where the shooting happened and was notified about the incident with a text message alert from the school. 

She says the area where the shooting happened is a highly-trafficked area of campus where she has always felt safe walking at night.

'You don't expect that in Flagstaff,' Aardahl said. 'It's pretty small, it's pretty safe and everyone knows each other.'

Following the shooter, Arizona Senator John McCain issued a statement, saying his thoughts and prayers were with the victims and their families. 

'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,' Senator McCain said. 

NAU plays a major role in the northern Arizona city of Flagstaff. The 4-year public university has more than 25,000 total undergraduates.

The Friday morning shooting marked the 144th shooting at a school since the Sandy Hook massacre. 

The shooting comes just one week after the shooting at Umpqua Community College on Oregon, which left 10 dead and nine injured.

President Obama is set to visit that school today.

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