After Oregon: 2 University students dead in US gun violence

An overnight confrontation between two groups of students escalated into violence Friday when a freshman at Northern Arizona University opened fire on four fraternity members, killing one and wounding three, authorities said.

hidden October 10, 2015 01:25:50 IST
After Oregon: 2 University students dead in US gun violence

Flagstaff, Arizona: An overnight confrontation between two groups of students escalated into violence Friday when a freshman at Northern Arizona University opened fire on four fraternity members, killing one and wounding three, authorities said. In another shootout, a university student died in Houston, Texas.

The Flagstaff shooting comes on the same day that President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Roseburg, Oregon, where eight students and a teacher were shot and killed last week at Umpqua Community College. The gunman in the Oregon shooting wounded nine others before turning the gun on himself.

After Oregon 2 University students dead in US gun violence

Scene of the shooting/ AP

University police chief Gregory T. Fowler identified the shooter as 18-year-old Steven Jones and said he used a handgun in the 1:20 a.m. shootings. Police were still interviewing Jones and he had not been booked into jail Friday morning. They would not say what led up to the fight.

NAU is a four-year public university that has more than 25,000 total undergraduate students at the campus in Flagstaff, a city about two hours north of Phoenix that is surrounded by mountains and ponderosa pines. The city of 70,000 people has a reputation for being a safe place and typically records only one murder per year.

The victims were all members of the Delta Chi fraternity, the organization said in a statement. The university identified the student who died as Colin Brough. The victims being treated at Flagstaff Medical Center are Nicholas Prato, Kyle Zientek and Nicholas Piring. The hospital said it couldn't release any information on conditions.

Meanwhile, in Houston police say investigators are questioning two men who were detained after a fatal shooting outside a student-housing complex at Texas Southern University.

Police spokeswoman Jodi Silva said Friday evening that neither man has been arrested or charged in the shooting, which killed a male student and injured another person. She said police also are looking for a third man for questioning.

AP

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