The university tweeted at 2:30 a.m. local time that a gunman had been reported near the Mountain View Hall

By Michael Zennie and Tara Fowler
Updated October 09, 2015 06:30 AM
Credit: Facebook

One person is dead and three others have been wounded in a mass shooting on the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, according to the school’s official Twitter account.

In a press conference Friday morning, Chief Greg Fowler with NAU Police confirmed that four victims had been shot multiple times and one had died in a shooting outside a Greek-life dormitory on campus. The suspect, identified by police as 18-year-old freshman student Steven Jones, is alive and in custody.

“This morning at 1:20 a.m., two separate student groups got into a confrontation It turned physical,” Fowler said.

He added: “Steven Jones produced a handgun and he shot four of other students.”

Fraternity Delta Chi’s international office confirmed in a statement to The Washington Post that some of its fraternity members were “involved” in the shooting.

Jones did not flee the scene and surrendered to officers as they arrived on the scene. Students are prohibited from carrying guns on campus.

A university spokeswoman said that the campus is secure and that classes will go on as planned on Friday. “We are of course shocked and deeply saddened by the circumstances that bring us together this morning,” she said.

She added: “This is not going to be a normal day at NAU. Our hearts are heavy.”

Support services will be available on campus Friday. The three surviving victims have been identified as Nicholas Prato, Kyle Zientek and Nicholas Piring, according to a statement from the university. The deceased student is Colin Brough.

The university tweeted at 2:30 a.m. local time that a gunman had been reported near the Mountain View Hall dormitory at the northeast side of campus.

School public relations director Cindy Brown told the Associated Press that the first 911 call about gunfire came at 1:20 a.m. PDT Friday.

No other details were immediately available.

The incident comes just one week after another campus mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. Gunman Chris Harper-Mercer killed nine people and wounded nine others before shooting himself.

President Obama is visiting Roseburg on Friday to console survivors and the victims’ grieving families.

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