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Shooting at Northern Arizona University leaves 1 dead, 3 injured

Police said Friday’s shooting at Northern Arizona University started as a fight between two unspecified student groups. Video by PBS NewsHour

A gunman opened fire nearby a Greek-life dormitory at Northern Arizona University early Friday morning, killing one person and wounding three others, Flagstaff school officials said.

The shooting started as a confrontation between two student groups, NAU police chief Gregory Fowler told reporters in a news conference Friday. A student, identified as 18-year-old NAU freshman Steven Jones, produced a handgun amid the fight and shot four other male students, he said. The suspect was taken into custody without resistance. The three victims are being treated at Flagstaff Medical Center.

Fowler was unable to give the conditions of the victims, state what the fight was about, or say whether the students all knew each other. Fowler said police officials were still processing the crime scene.

Justin P. Sherman, executive director of the Delta Chi fraternity, told The New York Times that members of the fraternity were involved with the incident, adding that it was unsure whether the deceased individual was a member as well.

“At this time, we can confirm that this incident had no ties to the chapter,” he said in a statement to the newspaper.

The shooting took place in a parking lot outside the Mountain View Hall dormitory around 1:20 a.m. PDT, school officials said in a statement. The university said the campus was not on lockdown.

“We awoke this morning to a terrible tragedy on our Flagstaff campus,” university president Rita Cheng said at the news conference. “This is not going to be a normal day at NAU. Our hearts are heavy.”

Fowler said students are not allowed to carry guns on campus, but that state law permitted them to be kept in their cars.

The shooting follows the Oct. 1 rampage in Roseburg, Ore., that left 10 people dead, including the gunman, at Umpqua Community College. President Barack Obama is meeting with families of the victims of the shooting today.

The NewsHour will update the story as more information comes in.

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