Steven Jones Photos Emerge After He’s Named as Alleged Suspect in NAU Shooting

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
October 9, 2015 Updated: October 9, 2015

A freshman student at Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Flagstaff, Arizona, was identified as the alleged gunman behind a shooting on the campus on Friday. At least one person was left dead and three others were injured.

During a press conference after the incident, Northern Arizona University Police Chief G.T. Fowler issued a statement, saying that “a lot of things need to be accomplished before we can release a great many details.” He added that “nothing happened” in the campus residence halls.

Jones, 18, didn’t run away from the scene and he is reportedly “cooperating” with authorities.

“Jones was involved in an altercation with students at the school, the nature of which remains unknown,” he said, per Newsweek. “We don’t know the facts yet about what brought [the students] together or what caused the confrontation,” the chief added.

Fowler said that two groups of students got into a confrontation in the campus parking lot before Jones allegedly opened fire on the group.

The shooting took place at around 1:20 a.m. local time, he said, according to USA Today.

“Two separate student groups got into a confrontation, the confrontation turned physical and one of our students, Steven Jones, 18, produced a handgun and shot four of our other students,” Fowler added. “One of our students is deceased.”

Administrators identified the victims as Nicholas Prato, Kyle Zientek, and Nicholas Piring. The deceased student is Colin Brough, according to the paper.

“We had just left a party and were standing in the street getting ready to walk home when a guy walked up with a pistol and just started shooting,” said an eyewitness, who was not identified, told The Daily Sun.

“I heard five or six shots and then my friends just tackled him. They got him really quick. We were leaving and it all happened on the sidewalk across from Mountain View,” the witness continued.

The gunman was tackled to the ground.

“He didn’t get a chance to hurt himself. I saw him in handcuffs when the cops came,” the person added.

NAU President Rita Cheng said the shooting was “isolated and unprecedented.”

Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.