Maybe after Barack Obama finishes annoying the residents of Roseburg, Ore., he can swing by and do the same for the citizens of Flagstaff, where a shooting at Northern Arizona University occurred in the small hours of Friday morning.
This shooting appears to have a more clear-cut motive. The shooter, 18-year-old freshman Steven Jones and several companions got into an altercation with other students in a dormitory parking lot. When all was said and done, Jones had shot and killed one of the students and wounded three others, according to campus police chief Gregory Fowler. The victims — all males — were shot “multiple times,” Fowler said. All are being treated at Flagstaff Medical Center.
According to USA Today, several of the students involved in the incident were evidently members of Delta Chi fraternity. The national organization released a statement reading:
Delta Chi Fraternity was made aware of a shooting that took place early Friday morning allegedly involving some of our members. We have investigated this matter and can confirm that there were members involved.
We do not have any information on the victims nor do we know if the deceased individual is a member of the Fraternity. At this time, we can confirm that this incident had no ties to the chapter.
Fowler further noted that state law prohibits anyone from carrying a gun on campus but that gun owners are allowed to keep a weapon in a locked area of a car on campus.
The university, which has an enrollment of around 20,000, was not placed on lockdown.
Comments by Chief Fowler follow: