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1 dead, 3 wounded in shooting at Northern Arizona University

Police tape stretches across a section of street by Northern Arizona University campus in Flagstaff, Ariz., Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, after an early morning fight between two groups of college students escalated into gunfire leaving one person dead and three others wounded, authorities said. (Michael Schennum/The Arizona Republic via AP) MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT

By FELICIA FONSECA | Associated Press

 (AP) — 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.

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 precipitated the altercation.

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.

“This is not going to be a normal day at NAU,” said school President Rita Cheng. “Our hearts are heavy.”

She called it an isolated and unprecedented incident and said classes would go on as scheduled Friday.

The parking lot where the shooting happened is just outside Mountain View Hall dormitory on the Flagstaff campus, which provides housing for many of the campus’ sororities and fraternities. The gate to the dorm’s main entrance was closed Friday, and police had the surrounding area taped off.

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AP writers Bob Seavey and Paul Davenport in Phoenix, Jim Anderson in Denver, Bob Lentz in Philadelphia and Matt Small in Washington contributed to this report.

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