BREAKING NEWS: Yet another shooting, this time at Northern Arizona University.
by Valley Star Staff
Only eight days after a shooter at Umpqua Community College in Oregon killed 10, including himself, another shooter killed one student and injured three others early Friday morning at Northern Arizona University’s Flagstaff campus.
The chief of police at the Flagstaff campus, G.T. Fowler, identified the shooter as an 18-year-old freshman (whom this news outlet will decline to name) who was in one group of students that got into a confrontation with another group. The incident occurred around 1:20 a.m. in a parking facility near a residence hall. The shooter surrendered without struggle when authorities arrived.
This brings to 144 the number of school shootings in America since 2013, according to the Urban Institute. That is in keeping with the nation’s pace of one school shooting per week, using Everytown for Gun Safety’s broad definition, since the Sandy Hook massacre. By that Michael Bloomberg-founded group’s count, this is the 46th school shooting so far in 2015. Those numbers do not include the Northern California high-school shooting plot foiled by authorities the day before the killings in Oregon.
President Barack Obama, who had said of the Umpqua shooting, “Somehow this has become routine,” is scheduled to meet with families of the Oregon tragedy today.