Two school shootings occurred within hours of each other today in Arizona and Texas, bringing the total number of school shootings in the United States since 2013, to 149.
Today’s shootings bring the total number in 2015 alone to 48. 149 school shootings since 2013 is an average of one per week.
Early Friday morning, Steven Jones, a freshman student at Northern Arizona University drew a handgun and shot four other students during a confrontation. One of those students, Colin Brough, is dead.
Police reportedly arrested the shooter, Steven Jones, after he stopped firing. The shooting occurred near Mountain View Hall, a building that houses many of the campus’s fraternities and sororities. The three wounded victims are being treated at Flagstaff Medical Center, but there is no further update on their condition.
One witness told the Arizona Daily Sun that the shooter opened fire as a party was ending in the parking lot outside the dorm.
‘We had just left a party and were standing in the street getting ready to walk home when a guy walked up with a pistol and just started shooting,’ the witness said.
‘I heard five or six shots and then my friends just tackled him. They got him really quick. We were leaving and it all happened on the sidewalk across from Mountain View.’
‘He didn’t get a chance to hurt himself. I saw him in handcuffs when the cops came.’
Map of this years 48 school shootings. (Map was generated after the shooting in Arizona and before the shooting in Texas)
Then, just hours later, another shooting occurred near Texas Southern University’s campus. Two people were reportedly shot in that incident and one is dead.
Officials said the victim was leaving an event at the campus museum and got into an argument with another person. The other person apparently pulled out a gun and shot the victim.
The victim was rushed to nearby hospital yet has died from the injury. The condition of the other victim has not been released and identities were not disclosed by authorities.
The TSU shooting is the third in recent weeks on or near the TSU campus.
Friday’s classes at TSU have been canceled and the school was temporarily put on lockdown.
Both of today’s shootings come less than 10 days after a gunman killed 10 people at Umpqua Community College in Oregon.
Another incident occurred at a Louisville, Kentucky campus this afternoon where somebody had called police and reported an active shooter. Within 45 minutes the all clear was given as the phone call turned out to be a hoax.