Court documents reveal moments leading up to deadly NAU shooting

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Crime tape surrounds where the shooting happened. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Crime tape surrounds where the shooting happened. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Steven Jones (Northern Arizona University) Steven Jones (Northern Arizona University)
NAU Police Chief Greg Fowler at a news briefing the day of the shooting. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) NAU Police Chief Greg Fowler at a news briefing the day of the shooting. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
FLAGSTAFF, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

New details have emerged concerning what happened the day gunfire erupted on the campus of Northern Arizona University. In the fray following the shooting, the moments leading up to the chaos were relatively unclear.

Court documents we obtained are shedding light on what happened just outside a dorm about 1:30 a.m. last Friday. Those documents include detailed statements from eyewitnesses, as well as the shooter, in which he seems to paint a picture of self-defense.

Eighteen-year-old Steven Jones told Flagstaff and NAU police he was in a dorm parking lot with two friends when several people approached. It's not clear what it was over, but a fight broke out, and Jones told police he was hit in the face.

He said he took off for his car and described being chased. He said he got a firearm from his vehicle and yelled that he had a gun.

[READ: Arrest narrative from court paperwork]

One of the students that would later be shot, witnesses said, approached Jones, asking him, "Why [are] you bringing a gun here?" Jones shot him, a witness said. A second person took one step in Jones' direction, documents say, and Jones shot him, too.

We've also learned Jones told police he tried to give one of the wounded medical attention but was surrounded by people who tried to subdue him. He told police he fired a shot in the air, scaring them off.

Finally, before officers arrived, Jones is said to have dropped the gun as he was approached by an unidentified citizen. That citizen promised to secure the weapon until police arrived. When they did, Jones allegedly admitted he was "the shooter."

Jones remains in jail on $2 million bond. He will be in court Thursday at 10 a.m. for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence against him for this case to go to trial.

[READ: $2M bond set for suspect in NAU deadly shooting]

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