On Friday, less than two weeks after the deadly shootings at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, comes two more shootings on US college campuses in Arizona and Texas. Two students have been reported killed.
Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff reported a confrontation between two groups of students that turned physical. An 18-year-old freshman opened fire during the confrontation resulting in three students injured and one dead. The shooter has been identified as Steven Jones and has been taken into custody. He is being charged with one count of murder and three counts of aggravated assault.
According to NAU Police Chief Greg Fowler, students are not allowed to carry guns on school campus but they are permitted to keep them in their cars.
Meanwhile, one student has been killed and another critically injured during a shooting near a dorm on the campus of Texas Southern University. The confrontation happened in the parking lot of the dorm at 11:30 Friday morning after a group of three suspects confronted the victims and opened fire. The campus was placed on lockdown and classes cancelled immediately following the shooting. Two suspects are in custody.
The university's president, John Rudley said about the victim, "He was a beautiful young man, young African-American man, a freshman trying to get his life together. That’s what I can tell you about him. I wish he was still here.”
This was the third shooting on TSU's campus this week alone. Student Malik Currie, who lives near the dorms, told KHOU in Houston, "It’s not what I bargained for. I came here to get an education, not to walk around with a bulletproof vest on.”
Today's tragedies in Arizona and Texas are the 46th and 47th school shootings to take place in 2015.
Our hearts go out the friends and families of the victims on Friday.