One person was killed and three others were injured after a gunman opened fire at a Northern Arizona University where 20,000 students are registered in Flagstaff, Arizona.
According to the university, the first call of shots came in at 1.20 am local time. An unknown attacker opened fire in a car park outside hall dormitory.
The university said via twitter that attacker is in custody and the campus is not on lockdown.
#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
University’s spokeswoman Cindy Brown said it is unclear what started the shooting, which took place near Mountain View Hall dormitory and involved many students. This place also happens to be the centre of the Greek community on campus.
Emergency alert was sent by the university and asked for residents in Mountain View Hall to stay indoors. However, the campus is not on lock down.
The attack comes just eight days after a mass shooting at Umpqua Community Collage, where Christopher Harper-Mercer shot nine people before killed by police.
Responding to the shooting, Arizona Congressman Trent Franks was asked on media sources about arming students. “I understand that on this campus in certain circumstances that is not allowed.”
“These shooters deliberately choose a place where they know no one can defend themselves, where they know no one is armed. I think that’s a tragedy’’ he added.
President Obama said after that shooting. “The reporting is routine. My response here at this podium ends up being routine. The conversation in the aftermath of it. We’ve become numb to this.”