1 person has been pronounced dead and another 3 have been injured in a shooting at Northern Arizona University in the town of Flagstaff. The shooting occurred in the parking lot of the university, outside the Mountainview Hall dormitory, during the early hours of the morning.
Police were called to the scene at 1:20am this morning. Cindy Brown, the school’s public relations director, said that the reason behind the shooting is still unknown. Details about the suspect and victims have not yet been released, nor have details about their injuries, or whether they are students at the university.
Upon receiving the alert, students were told by the university to stay indoors. A student named Megan Aardahl told CNN:
“There’s a huge sense of community here, so everyone’s just trying to like reach out and make sure everyone’s OK, but it’s a little anxious not knowing who’s involved.”
The gunman has been taken into custody, and the three victims are currently being treated at the Flagstaff Medical Center.
#NAUAlert: Details confirmed 4 victims, 1 fatality, 3 wounded. Shooter is in custody. Situation is stabilized. Campus not on lockdown.
— NAU (@NAU) October 9, 2015
There have been over 40,000 gun related incidents in the USA since the beginning of 2015, with over 2,000 teens killed or injured. There have also been over 290 mass shootings, according to gunviolencearchive.org.