Prosecutor: NAU Shooter Got Gun From Car

'There is no indication of self-defense here'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 10, 2015 9:56 AM CDT
Steven Jones   (Northern Arizona University Police Department via AP)

(Newser) – The 18-year-old Northern Arizona University freshman charged with shooting four members of a rival fraternity during a fight early Friday is accused of leaving the fracas to get a gun from his car, the Arizona Daily Sun reports. “I just want to be clear that there is no indication of self-defense here,” prosecutor Ammon Barker says. “The defendant had retreated from the fight; he obtained a gun and then went back into the fray. It was at that point that he began firing at the victims.” One of those victims—Colin Brough—died following the shooting. According to NBC News, it's illegal to carry a gun on university campuses in Arizona, but students are allowed to store their firearms in their locked cars.

Steven Jones reportedly cried Friday afternoon as the judge charged him with first-degree homicide and three counts of aggravated assault—all felonies, the AP reports. He says he was chased by several people as he ran to his car during the fight, yelled he had a gun, then fired at two people approaching him from about 10 feet away. But Barker calls Jones' account of events "self serving" and says they aren't backed up by eyewitnesses. Jones allegedly used a handgun with a flashlight attached during the shooting. None of the victims, who were honored at a candlelight vigil Friday night, appeared to be armed. According to the Daily Sun, Jones is due back in court Thursday.

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