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Police identify gunman in Northern Arizona campus shooting

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Posted at 11:15 AM, Oct 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-09 11:15:00-04

FLAGSTAFF, Az. - Arizona political leaders say the city of Flagstaff and Northern Arizona University are in their thoughts and prayers after a campus shooting left one person dead and three others wounded.

University police chief Greg Fowler identified the suspect as 18-year-old Steven Jones. He is believed to be a freshman at the Flagstaff school and is currently in custody.

The shooting happened at 1:20 a.m. in a parking lot outside a dorm. The university called the shooting an "isolated and unprecedented" incident and said classes will go on as planned Friday.

Iowa City, Iowa-based Delta Chi Fraternity said Delta Chi members were involved, but Executive Director Justin Sherman said in the statement that the organization doesn't have detailed information about the identity of the victims.

Sherman said it was an isolated incident and not fraternity related.

The shooting occurred near a large residence hall that the university's website says is home for most students in the Greek system on campus.

Gov. Doug Ducey said the incident, which officials say began as a fight between groups of students, was "heartbreaking" and that the state stands ready to help in the investigation and response.

Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake also expressed sympathy for the victims, their families and the Flagstaff community.